Wednesday 7 December 2016

Tipperary sweating on fitness of Pádraic Maher

Jackie Cahill

Published 14/07/2015 | 02:30

Pádraic Maher damaged the AC joint in his left shoulder
Pádraic Maher damaged the AC joint in his left shoulder

Tipperary selector Declan Fanning revealed last night there is "no word yet" on the shoulder injury sustained by Pádraic Maher in the Munster hurling final against Waterford.

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Vice-captain Maher damaged the AC joint in his left shoulder in the third minute but soldiered on for the entire game, before leaving Semple Stadium with his arm in a sling.

The Thurles Sarsfields player, who operated in a sweeper role on Sunday, is due to attend an All-Ireland hurling championship launch in Dicksboro later today and will deliver an injury bulletin there.

Fanning told Tipp FM: "There's no word back yet. He has to go for a scan on his shoulder. For a lad that was carrying it for a long period of the game, he still had a fine game for us."

Fanning also hailed the impact of Noel McGrath following his recent return to light training.

McGrath underwent surgery for testicular cancer in April but returned to club activity last week and participated in Sunday's pre-match warm-up.

Fanning revealed: "He's a real driving force. He's been back in with us a few weeks doing some light training. He's recovering really quickly and that's super news."

Meanwhile, dual player Colin O'Riordan is facing up to the prospect of two huge games in the space of three days.

The 19-year-old is expected to line out for the Tipperary U-21 hurlers against Limerick in Thursday's Bord Gáis Energy Munster semi-final, before turning his attention to Saturday's senior football qualifier against Tyrone at Semple Stadium.

Another dual player, Portroe's Kevin O'Halloran is in a similar position.

There is bad news for both camps, however, as Steven O'Brien could be sidelined for up to three weeks with a hamstring injury.

O'Brien picked up the injury in a recent U-21 hurling challenge against Galway and sat out last Saturday's football qualifier victory over Louth.

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