Ex-Tipperary goalkeeper Brendan Cummins believes the news this week concerning the Limerick set-up could alter the dynamic of their final Munster round robin game against Clare in Ennis this weekend.

On Tuesday evening, news emerged that a member of the Limerick panel had been arrested following an incident outside a well-known Limerick City pub in the early hours of Monday morning.

Limerick GAA had pre-empted the story by a few minutes, releasing a statement saying that a player had been involved in a "breach of team protocols" and that the matter had been dealt with by management.

The news broke five days out from Limerick's final Munster round-robin game away to Clare in Cusack Park, with John Kiely's side sitting on maximum points, assured of their progression from the province and in all probability bound for the Munster final.

In the two previous round robin campaigns, in 2018 and 2019, Limerick had likewise secured their progression from the province ahead of the final group game and proceeded to lose said game.

They lost by 11 points in Ennis in 2018, before winning the All-Ireland two months later, and then were soundly beaten by Tipperary in Thurles in 2019, before beating the same opposition in the Munster decider subsequently.

The pattern led some to conclude that the fixture schedule had been kind to Clare and that Kiely would take the opportunity to rest his front-rank players. However, Cummins wonders whether Limerick might now need to change the narrative and deliver a statement performance at the weekend.

"The only positive that Limerick can take from it is they tried to get ahead of it as quick as they could with their statement. They were saying there was an issue and they were dealing with it," Cummins told the RTÉ GAA podcast.

"They weren't trying to brush it under the carpet and I don't think that's the way John Kiely runs his set-up.

"But it just adds an extra dimension to that game in Ennis. I thought it would be similar to that game in 2019 when Limerick came to Thurles, when already qualified and Tipp beat them.

"Limerick didn't really do a major amount to stop Tipp from winning because they knew they were qualified and didn't want to get injuries.

"But now, they're under the microscope. It could actually serve Clare in a bad way that this is after happening because Limerick will be looking to show 'We're galvanised, we're all together and we're not falling to pieces over this'."

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For all that, Cummins still feels that Limerick will prioritise the avoidance of injury and 'the bigger picture' and reckons that Clare's greater need could see them edge Sunday's contest.

"I still think after everything that's gone on in Limerick that they're still looking at the bigger picture, which will be to make sure that you don't have massive injuries.

"I think the edge that you have from it being a knockout match won't be there (for Limerick) and it will be there for Clare. They'll want to get to six points and get to a Munster final.

"And I think the fact that it's on in Ennis as well might be just enough to get Clare across the line as well. They have momentum as well when you consider how well they played against Cork and Tipperary."

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