Tipperary’s Munster and All-Ireland hopes have been dealt a huge blow with the news that Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament and will likely play no further part in this year’s Championship campaign.
Tipperary GAA also confirmed via Twitter that Cathal Barrett will undergo a scan later this evening to assess the damage he sustained in Sunday’s victory over Limerick.
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.
Following a late Monday evening scan the injury news for Patrick Maher has confirmed he has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament. Cathal Barrett will undergo a scan later this evening to access his injury and a further update should be known later tonight.
— Tipperary GAA (@TipperaryGAA) June 18, 2019
Following the match on Sunday, Liam Sheedy admitted losing both men was a tough pill to swallow and that it was unlikely that they would make the Munster final.
“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.”