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'He Took A Heavy Hit' - Limerick's Aaron Gillane Rated '50/50' For All-Ireland Final

'He Took A Heavy Hit' - Limerick's Aaron Gillane Rated '50/50' For All-Ireland Final
By PJ Browne Updated
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Limerick coach Donal O'Grady says that Aaron Gillane is an injury doubt for the All-Ireland hurling final against Waterford.

Limerick's star forward and free taker was substituted after being involved in a heavy collision with Galway's Gearóid McInerney late in the second half of the weekend's All-Ireland semi-final. He subsequently spent a night in hospital.

"Aaron didn’t train on Tuesday," O'Grady said during Limerick's All-Ireland final press event.

"Obviously he took a heavy hit at the weekend. We’re hoping to possibly get him reassessed on Friday night to see how he is. At the moment, 50:50 is my understanding as of today.

"I think he had some breathing difficulties after. Our doctor deemed [it was necessary for] him to head to the Mater. They kept him overnight as a precaution. They were slightly concerned. But he was released the following day which was great. He came in to see us on Tuesday night but obviously didn’t train. So hopefully we’ll know more towards the weekend."

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Gillane suffered a finger injury during the summer while playing for Patrickswell in the Limerick club championship.

"He went for an operation, it was actually not as bad as first feared," said O'Grady.

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"It was a ligament injury as far as I know. He possibly should have taken a couple of weeks to leave that recover. He really wanted to get his fitness and hurling back as quickly as possible. He basically played through the pain barrier, he is playing with that slight finger strapped. No tougher man than himself."

O'Grady accepted that even if Gillane is not 100 per cent fit, he will want to play in December 13th's decider.

"He had a hamstring injury that you can't escape from earlier on in the season. I think he made a miraculous recovery from it, he takes a lot of punishment inside on the edge of the square. He is well able to mind himself too."

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