Blow for Tipp as linchpin Hannigan ruled out
Tipperary have been dealt a massive injury blow ahead of the All-Ireland football qualifiers with confirmation that midfield linchpin George Hannigan will miss the remainder of the season through injury.
Hannigan, 28, went off at half-time against Kerry in the Munster semi-final and it has emerged that a groin problem could sideline the flame-haired Shannon Rovers player until January.
Tipperary selector Mick O'Loughlin said: "George is a huge loss and had been playing very well this year. People could see that when he went off against Kerry, we started to lose the midfield battle."
Hannigan netted in the first minute for one of Tipperary's four goals against Saturday's All-Ireland qualifier opponents Louth when the sides met in a Division 3 Allianz League fixture in March.
Tipp are also monitoring the fitness of towering midfielder Steven O'Brien, who tweaked a hamstring playing in a challenge match between the Tipperary and Galway U-21 hurlers over the weekend.
Ian Fahey is another considered doubtful for the visit of the Wee County to Semple Stadium with a hamstring problem.