Waterford appear to be in relegation danger following heavy defeats in their opening two hurling league clashes to Cork and Kilkenny.
Former All-Star Noel Connors believes that the return of their main man John Mullane to full training will be a big boost to the Déise men however. With a probable return of fellow big name Eoin Kelly; Connors is confident that his county can ride out the storm.
“John’s return will take a lot of pressure off because fellas are starting to knock the team now – it’s easy to knock when you are down,” Connors said.
“It has been a tough start but you have to look at the positives. You can’t really look at the negatives too much, it’s going to bring everyone down.
“The positives are – we had 11 injured against Cork and in the second half we outscored them. We had 10 injuries against Kilkenny last weekend and we were only a point away at the end of the first half. The majority of fellas out are established players, the fellas you are depending on.”
Mullane; aged 31, took a self-imposed break from the early stages of the league to recharge his batteries but is now ready to come back. He will not be back for this weekend’s encounter with Tipperary however, but is expected to return for the following week’s clash with Galway.