It's certainly a case of Waterford with their backs to the wall following on from an opening day loss in the new look Munster hurling championship, a crippling injury list and the fact that they have no home games in the round-robin series.

Clare were comfortable winners over the Déise on Sunday last and so this coming weekend's date with Tipperary at the Gaelic Grounds takes on added importance, with last year's All-Ireland finalists needing some points on the board.

Their task is that much harder in that star names Tadhg de Búrca, Barry Coughlan, Darragh Fives, Noel Connors, Austin Gleeson and Pauric Mahony are all nursing various injuries, some more serious than others. Captain Kevin Moran is suspended after his red card against the Banner.

"It's kind of like it never rains but it pours," was former Waterford player Paul Flynn's assessment of the serious situation the county finds itself in.

That said, the Ballygunner clubman did accentuate some positivity when speaking on RTÉ Radio's Morning Ireland.

"There are quality players that can step up," he added.

Colin Dunford

"Stephen Bennett, Patrick Curran, Michael Kearney, Brian O'Halloran, Colin Dunford, and Peter Hogan are all good players, all speed merchants. That's what Waterford may have lacked of late.

"Okay, you could put the argument out about that their lack of senior inter-county experience and so Austin Gleeson must then start on Sunday whether he can walk or not, but they have Fitzgibbon and All-Ireland success at minor and U21 level behind them.

"It could be the start of someone's career on Sunday if they get the chance."

Waterford's four games in four weeks is a demanding schedule, according to Flynn, who emphasised the "mental and physical toll on players".

As for the fact that Waterford are not enjoying home comforts this summer, the 2004 All Star winner said: "Walsh Park has more actual seats than Cusack Park in Ennis and Parnell Park. It's Unfair that one team is asked to play a championship match not at the same level as the other teams.         

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