treaty troubles Blow for Limerick as Mike Casey ruled out of hurling All-Ireland championship
LIMERICK full-back Mike Casey looks set to miss the Treaty’s Munster and All-Ireland SHC campaign with manager John Kiely fearful that the Na Piarsaigh defender may have suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury.
The 24-year-old picked up the injury during a challenge game against Galway at the LIT Gaelic Grounds on Sunday with Kiely admitting that “it’s not looking great for him” as Sunday week’s Munster SHC quarter-final against Clare looms on the horizon.
“We are not to the end of the process yet, but he has damaged his knee. He’s got to go to Santry for further investigative scans, but at the moment unfortunately it’s not looking great for him,” Kiely said.
“It was just a simple landing. It was probably your textbook knee injury where a player just lands and tries to turn on landing, and that was it really. We’ve had one nearly each year for the last five years in the squad.
“Hopefully this is the one for this year only, if it turns out to be confirmed and fully investigated over the coming days. But at the minute, it looks like that is the case.”
Casey’s absence could leave a gaping hole in the full-back line but Kiely did have good news to report with All-Star defender Richie English making a rapid recovery having suffered the curse of the cruciate in a League game against Galway in February.
“Richie has made fantastic progress over the last six months. He’s running hard, he’s working very hard and I’ve no doubt he will put on the green jersey again over the coming months. He just has a small bit of work to do but nothing massive,” Kiely said.
English’s Doon clubmate Darragh O’Donovan, who missed last month’s Limerick SHC final defeat to Na Piarsaigh with a knee injury, is also back to full training with Kiely reporting his squad to be in rude health.
“The lads are in great shape. We would have been very happy with the way they came back from the clubs and the overall picture was they weren’t very far off the mark that they needed to be for everyone to get them to on championship day,” he added.
One thing which Kiely is not happy about, however, is the use of yellow sliotars in this year’s championship with the traditional white ball seemingly a thing of the past.
“My thoughts on the yellow sliotar are not good I’m afraid. I have to endorse Joe Canning’s comments. We all knew the reason why helmets were introduced, because people were losing eyes and teeth. It was very clear cut,” the 2018 All-Ireland-winning manager said.
“I have never heard anybody complain about the sliotar up until this point and you know it’s been introduced now and we just have to get one with it. I just don’t have any real understanding as to why this decision was made. I don’t."