Tipp waiting on O'Dwyer scan results
Published 21/04/2015 | 02:30
Tipperary will not know the extent of John O'Dwyer's finger injury until he has a scan tomorrow.
The All-Star forward was withdrawn 10 minutes into the second half of Sunday's defeat to Waterford in the Allianz Hurling League semi-final with manager Eamon O'Shea explaining afterwards that he had a suspected broken finger.
The Killenaule man is expected to be out for a number of weeks but with their Munster Championship semi-final against Clare or Limerick not until Sunday, June 21, there is no threat to O'Dwyer's participation in that.
O'Dwyer scored a magnificent one-handed goal early on as Tipperary surged into a seven-point lead that they ultimately couldn't build on. He has been one of the form players of the campaign for Tipperary.
Tipperary were without Cathal Barrett, who damaged a shoulder injury on the recent warm-weather training camp in Spain, Kieran Bergin and Noel McGrath, who underwent an operation last Friday for testicular cancer. Goalkeeper Darren Gleeson had also been a doubt.
But there is some disappointment that the opportunity of a first national title since their 2010 All-Ireland triumph was passed up. The All-Ireland finalists have lost successive league finals to Kilkenny, having also lost the 2009 final to their great rivals.
O'Shea admitted afterwards that his team had been somewhat "flat" after a hard week of training, coming on the back of their training week in Spain.