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BELIEF: John Kiely. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

BELIEF: John Kiely. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

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BELIEF: John Kiely. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Sport will have a huge role to play in "lifting the spirits of the nation" whenever normality returns in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis, according to Limerick hurling manager John Kiely.

Inter-county players are no different to the rest of the population in facing this unprecedented challenge, but Kiely stressed that they need to stay healthy like everyone else.

"As for our players, we've given them their individual programmes now that they can work on themselves at home," the Limerick boss told RTÉ Radio yesterday.

"They need to look after themselves and ensure that when this is all over, they can resume full training again and be fit and healthy and well.

"It's an opportunity for them to rehab injuries and to freshen up and get back with a great appetite when this is over - and hopefully provide us with lots of fantastic entertainment that I'm sure the nation will need as an uplift when this is over.

"I think sport will be a huge player in lifting the spirits of the nation when it does come back on the agenda again."

He added: "As an inter-county manager, looking at this problem, it's obviously another challenge for us. But a far bigger issue has come over the horizon for us all to deal with - a far bigger challenge