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Kiely says Limerick will wait before deciding on Casey red appeal

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Limerick hurling manager John Kiely says a decision regarding an appeal to Peter Casey's red card will be made after Tuesday evening. 

The Na Piarsaigh forward was dismissed for a head-to-head collision with Waterford's Conor Gleeson during Saturday's All Ireland semi-final.

Limerick play Cork in the All Ireland final on August 22 back at Croke Park.

Speaking at their pre-final press event, Kiely told OTB Sports' Valerie Wheeler that an appeal decision is imminent.

"We got the referee's report yesterday [Monday] evening," Kiely said, "We've studied that.

"We have 48-hours to make our minds up as to what we're going to do.

"We've another meeting after training this evening and we're going to take our time and make the right call."

Kiely says their injury situation is "not too bad", despite concerns over the likes of Diarmuid Byrnes and Barry Nash.

"A few lads with a few knocks, obviously," he said, "The won't all train tonight obviously but hopefully by the weekend they'll be all back on their feet again.

"Barry's fine, Barry's good, yep. It was more of a stinger injury, so a couple of hours after the game it was fine.

"Diarmuid will be off his feet for a couple of days. It's all just precautionary to get them back on their feet proper.

"We'll be spot-on, please god, come Sunday-week."

Meanwhile, Tipperary official Feargal Horgan has been confirmed as referee for the August 21 decider.

It will be the third final in five years for which Horgan has had the whistle.

Kiely watched Cork's win over Kilkenny at close quarters on Sunday afternoon, being lucky enough to be one of the 24,000 ticket holders.

"It was a great game," he said, "Obviously they're a really really strong side that have a huge amount to bring to the table and will bring a massive challenge to us on the 22nd.

"That's the way it should be. You know, it's an All Ireland final - both teams have worked really hard to put themselves where they're at and it's up to us now to work towards the best performance that we can produce on the day, and be the best team that we can and hopefully that will be good enough."

Not only is the Liam McCarthy Cup at stake for Limerick on Sunday-week, but also a piece of history.

The county have never won back-to-back All Ireland titles, falling at the final hurdle in both 1935 and 1974.

Kiely says the record is in the back of their minds.

"We would have acknowledged it, obviously as being something that's there," he revealed, "But it's there since the very start of the year.

"Every team that goes back has that narrative there.

"We've acknowledged it, it's there. Can we do anything about it? No.

"All we can control is the controlables. We can control our performance - that's what we're going after."

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