Tadhg de Burca
Tadhg de Burca, Darragh Fives and Barry Coughlan will miss the rest of the Munster championship through injury. Waterford management confirmed yesterday (Monday) that the defensive trio won’t figure in the remaining provincial fixtures against Tipperary, Limerick and Cork.
De Burca has suffered a double fracture of his collarbone which could require an operation. The 2015 young hurler of the year only lasted fifteen minutes of Sunday’s clash at Cusack Park.
Fives pulled up with a calf injury on 38 minutes and has been ruled out for three weeks. Coughlan also left the field in the second half and x-rays confirmed a broken hand for the Ballygunner number three.
Noel Connors was replaced at the break due to a back problem and is rated as 50-50 for this weekend. Maurice Shanahan’s groin issue is also a concern. The Lismore freetaker played through the pain barrier during the second period and is also deemed 50-50 to start up front.
Austin Gleeson and Pauric Mahony will be assessed at training this week. Gleeson sustained ankle ligament damage in a challenge match against Dublin while Mahony is recovering from a broken hand.
Déise management are unlikely to appeal Kevin Moran’s straight red card. The captain faces a probable one match ban for knocking Tony Kelly to the ground. Referees development chairman Willie Barrett warned earlier this month that those contributing to a melee would be sent off.