Ryan’s return lifts Premier

  • JACKIE CAHILL Irish Independent – 18 APRIL 2013
TIPPERARY look set to be without forwards Eoin Kelly, John O’Dwyer, John O’Brien and Brian O’Meara for Sunday’s NHL Division 1 semi-final against Dublin.

But the positive news from the Premier county is that 2010 All-Ireland medallist Gearoid Ryan, a two-time All Star nominee, has rejoined Eamon O’Shea’s squad following recent injury problems.

It will be touch and go for six-time All Star Kelly, who is struggling with a hamstring injury. O’Brien damaged a finger in a training match against Tipperary’s intermediates recently and did not feature for Toomevara in last weekend’s north Tipp SHC defeat to Silvermines.

O’Meara, meanwhile, is struggling with a groin strain and O’Dwyer, who has made a big impact in his debut season at senior level, is suffering with a back problem.

Tipp selector Michael Ryan also confirmed that his namesake, Gearoid, returned to the squad on Tuesday evening, but admitted that the Templederry Kenyons clubman is “a long way off” full fitness.

“We have our injury problems, but the upside is that Gearoid Ryan has rejoined training and that’s absolutely brilliant,” he said.

“He’s a long way off the boys in terms of fitness, but it’s fabulous to have him back on the field.”

Meanwhile, Ryan warned that the Division 1B champions, Dublin, will travel to Thurles with no fear, having already secured promotion to the top flight.

“This Dublin team is a bit like Tipperary in that they hadn’t a good season last year and they’re out to make amends,” he said.

“These guys won’t fear coming to play us in Thurles, but we’re not going to kid ourselves here and pretend that we don’t have a chance.”

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