Tipperary duo Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher and Cathal Barrett are “highly unlikely” to feature in the Munster final against Limerick in two weeks’ time, according to manager Liam Sheedy.
Cathal Barrett limped off the field after 31 minutes in the 1-22 to 0-21 win over the Treaty with a suspected hamstring injury while Bonner Maher required a stretcher five minutes later after he suffered a heavy knock.
The Lorrha Dorrha man has been in top form for the Premier County of late, scoring 1-2 against Clare in Cusack Park while Barrett held his marker Aaron Gillane to one point from play in the first half.
Sheedy maintained that it was too early to tell how serious the injuries are but conceded that the influential players are likely to miss the provincial final on June 30 in LIT Gaelic Grounds.
“We don’t know the impact of the injuries yet. Cathal and Bonner are two really serious warriors for us and it’s very unfortunate to lose both of them and in the first half, it was a tough pill to swallow.
“Our guys went in and stepped up and thankfully we managed to hold on.
“[It’s] highly unlikely that either of them will make the Munster final. With any type of a strain at all, it’ll take longer than a week or two I would imagine. That’s the nature of the game, there’s always a danger that someone gets a knock and that’s why we have a panel.”
The Tipperary manager made full use of his panel on Sunday afternoon, including Jake Morris in his starting XV. The Nenagh man scored one point from play while Robert Byrne, Willie Connors, Mark Kehoe and Alan Flynn were all introduced as substitutes.
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