O’Mahony the only major doubt for Tipp
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Tipperary’s main injury concern ahead of their All-Ireland SHC quarter-final against Dublin on Sunday regards defender Conor O’Mahony, whose back problems continue.
The Newport centre-half-back missed the qualifier wins over Galway and Offaly with the injury, and Tipperary manager Eamon O’Shea has confirmed that the 29-year-old is still struggling ahead of Sunday’s game in Thurles.
“Conor will be 50-50 in terms of whether he will be involved. He played a bit on Sunday in a bit of a match but he’s going from session to session. His back is an ongoing problem there.”
Niall O’Meara and Liam McGrath are the only other absentees for Tipperary, who are likely to name an unchanged side from the onethat so comfortably defeated Offaly on July 12.
However, O’Shea says Tipperary are currently very “competitive in training” and that there are a number of players putting themselves in contention for a starting berth at present. He paid tribute to veteran duo Eoin Kelly and Paul Curran in this regard, with Kelly having come off the bench and scored in the win over Offaly.
“Eoin is a huge leader, Paul Curran the same,” said the NUI Galway Economics Professor. “All the guys are pushing and understand what it takes to win at this level.
“It was great to see Eoin come in and everybody was delighted for him, because of how much he’s valued in the squad. Eoin will have a role to play, hopefully, on Sunday, as well as whoever else is asked to play. I think that leadership is huge.”
Another of the older members of the Tipperary panel, Larry Corbett, will almost certainly start against Dublin, having hit 2-2 against Offaly in a spectacular return to form.