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Other: Hurling: EDDIE GIVES UP TIPP FOR TOKYO; Enright to miss all of new season.

Byline: Jackie CAHILL

TIPPERARY hurling boss Michael 'Babs' Keating will have to plan without former All- Ireland winner Eddie Enright for the entire 2006 campaign.

Enright may now have played his last game for the county after informing Keating that he cannot be part of the Tipp panel due to work commitments.

Cork-based Enright, an engineer by trade, will be in Tokyo for six weeks this summer.

The 31-year-old midfielder will be away for June and the early part of July - the height of Championship season.

The player told Keating not to consider him for the forthcoming Allianz Hurling League, as a result and the only way that Enright will feature for Tipp this year is if he gets a recall towards the end of the Championship.

The Thurles Sarsfields man helped his club to a first county title success in 31 years last October.

A member of the Tipperary senior panel since 1998, Enright won an All-Ireland senior medal with the Premier County in 2001 and with UCC, he won three successive Fitzgibbon Cup medals.

Enright suffered an horrific collarbone injury against Limerick in the 2004 Championship, which kept him out for several months.

He returned to the Tipp panel last summer and after an impressive first-half display against Galway in the All-Ireland quarter-final, Enright ran out of steam in the second half.

Uncertainty also surrounds the inter-county future of Enright's talented club-mate Lar Corbett.

The speedy attacker has been dogged by hamstring problems in recent times but solace may be at hand from an unlikely source - top Irish athlete Alistair Cragg.

Cragg recently returned to topclass action after a 10-month absence with a lower back stress fracture, which led to serious hamstring problems.

And Corbett has been diagnosed with an identical injury by top Dublin specialist Dr Pat O'Neill, a former Dubs football boss.

And now, 24-year-old Corbett has appealed to Cragg for help as he tries to recover from his own injury nightmare.

"I had MRI and CAT scans and they revealed that I have a stress fracture of my lower back which is causing my hamstrings to tighten," said Corbett.

"Dr Pat O'Neill told me that I'll never be able to go back hurling the way I was, but I don't believe that.

"I'd like to speak to Alistair Cragg because I was reading about him recently - he had the same problem but is back running."

Corbett is living on hope and four weeks ago, he visited top physiotherapist Eamon O'Muircheartaigh for a second opinion. After a detailed series of tests, O'Muircheartaigh told Corbett he has one of the strongest set of hamstrings he has seen.

Meanwhile, Babs Keating has named his side for his first competitive fixture since returning to the Tipp hotseat.

TIPPERARY (vs Limerick): D Young' E Buckley, S McDermott, P Curran' D McGrath, J Devane, L England' B Dunne, N Curran' K Tucker, C Morrissey, J Enright' S Butler, P O'Brien, P Kerwick.

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SAD EN FOR ED: Former All-Star Eddie Enright is not available for the 2006 season due to work commitments' STRUGGLING: Lar Corbett
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 17, 2006
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