Limerick’s Séamus Hickey suffers cruciate damage

Beaten All-Ireland semi-finalists were weakened by his departure after 15 minutes against Clare

Limerick’s Séamus Hickey is removed from the field after injuring his cruciate ligament on Sunday.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Limerick’s Séamus Hickey is removed from the field after injuring his cruciate ligament on Sunday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Mon, Aug 19, 2013, 18:12

Limerick’s Séamus Hickey suffered cruciate ligament tear during Sunday’s All-Ireland hurling semi-final defeat to Clare at Croke Park.

Hickey left the field in obvious distress after just 15 minutes yesterday and the Treaty County were undoubtedly wounded by his absence after a poor start to the game.

He will target the latter stages of next year’s league campaign for a return to action but could be out until the opening rounds of the championship.