Limerick forward Aaron Gillane is an injury concern ahead of the All Ireland SHC Final.
Limerick forward Aaron Gillane is an injury concern ahead of the All Ireland SHC Final.

Aaron Gillane rated 50-50 to feature in All Ireland SHC final


By Cian O’Connell

Limerick selector Donal O’Grady says Aaron Gillane has a ’50-50’ chance of featuring in the All Ireland SHC Final against Waterford on December 13 at Croke Park.

Gillane suffered an injury during last Sunday’s win in the penultimate round over Galway and spent a night in the Mater Hospital.

“Aaron didn't train on Tuesday, obviously he took a heavy hit there at the weekend,” O’Grady remarked at Limerick GAA’s online press briefing.

“We are hoping to possibly get him re-assessed on Friday night, to see how he is. At the moment, 50-50 is my understanding as of today.

“He took a heavy hit, I think he had some breathing difficulties after, and our doctor deemed it necessary for him to head to the Mater.

“They kept him overnight, it was a precaution, but they were slightly concerned about him. He was released the following day which was great and he came in to see us on Tuesday night, he obviously didn't train. Hopefully we will know more through the weekend.”

Gillane has been playing through the ‘pain barrier’ with a finger problem causing him some difficult in recent months.

“He went for an operation, it was actually not as bad as first feared,” O’Grady states. “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.”