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Does Seán Finn’s injury prohibit the chance of putting Kyle Hayes back into the forward line?

How will Limerick adapt to the loss of the four-time All-Star defender and what repercussions could it have on John Kiely’s Treaty

Shane and Michael discuss the season-ending injury for Seán Finn and what repercussions it might have for Limerick.

Seán Finn is widely regarded as one of the best defenders of his generation and his recent cruciate knee ligament puts a dent in Limerick’s All-Ireland SHC four-in-a-row hopes.

Finn, a four-time All-Star between 2018 and 2021, was struck down with the dreaded injury in Limerick’s recent Munster SHC loss to neighbours Clare before the bad news filtered through a few days later following a scan.

“The Limerick senior hurling management wish to confirm this evening that Seán Finn suffered an ACL injury on Saturday evening last that will rule him out for the remainder of the season,” Limerick GAA said of the 27-year-old.

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“We wish Seán the very best in his recovery, and assure him of our fullest support and expertise on that journey.”

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Given Limerick’s bluntness in attack in recent games – they were well below their best against Waterford when firing just 1-18 – there had been much talk that Kyle Hayes may head back to the forward line.

Hayes is one of the most versatile players in the game having earned man-of-the-match for his exploits at centre-forward when the Treaty made the All-Ireland breakthrough in 2018.

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The former Young Hurler of the Year was then surprisingly switched to wing-back early in the 2020 Munster SHC before flourishing in defence as he picked up successive All-Stars in defence.

Hayes was switched back into attack for last year’s championship with devastating results – he picked up an All-Star at centre-forward and joined a select crew to also win one in defence – before reverting to the other end of the pitch once again this year.

Before Finn’s injury, there had been murmurings that he may return to the attack but has John Kiely been robbed of that option now?

Kiely could still have a defence of Richie English, Mike Casey, Barry Nash, Diarmaid Byrnes, Declan Hannon and Dan Morrissey but will he persist with Hayes at the back given that they are now short one of the best defenders in the game?

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Intrigiuing times ahead.

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