Tipperary have been dealt a blow to their championship preparations with news of an injury to Patrick Bonner Maher.
Maher sustained a hamstring injury while lining out for his club in a divisional championship game yesterday. He pulled up around the 36 minute mark with the problem and was swiftly withdrawn.
Bonner was contesting a challenge in his club, Lorrha-Dorrha’s defeat to Templederry Kenyons in Nenagh when he signalled immediately for attention. Initial reports suggest that it is a hamstring strain but a full diagnosis has not yet been revealed.
Tipp will be eager to have the the All Star centre forward back fighting fit as soon as possible. The 27-year-old has been integral to any of Tipperary’s success of late with his tenacious workrate. Having recently landed home from a six month stint in Syria on peacekeeping duty with the Irish Defence Forces, his return to action for the All Ireland champions would have come as a well needed boost after the National Hurling League final drubbing at the hands of Galway.
Michael Ryan will be speaking at today’s launch of the Munster SHC in Killarney and could be in a position to give further details on the injury, with tests to be done on the hamstring in the meantime.
The Premier begin the defence of their Liam McCarthy Cup with a Munster quarter-final tie against Cork only a couple of weeks away, on May 21st in Thurles. They will be looking to bounce back from the poor display against the Tribesmen in the Gaelic Grounds last month.
The last thing Tipp supporters will want to hear is of any more injuries that will force any members of their forward line out of their championship opener.
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