Tipperary's 2016 All-Ireland winning captain Brendan Maher will undergo further tests this week to discover the severity of the shoulder injury that forced him off in Sunday's win over Clare.
Maher (28) went off shortly before half-time. His right shoulder was put in a sling and while he remains confident that he won't be ruled out for too long, it may be a couple of days before he gets a diagnosis.
It looks likely that Maher will miss the visit of Kilkenny on Saturday evening, with Niall O'Meara and Donagh Maher also unlikely to feature after shipping head knocks on Sunday.
Donagh Maher's concussion is the more severe of the two and while O'Meara was visibly disappointed to go off, he has suffered head injuries in the past and team doctor Brendan Murphy made the call to take him off.
Brendan Maher's absence leaves a void in the Tipp midfield ahead of the Kilkenny game, with Barry Heffernan, Michael Breen and Kieran Bergin competing for the two slots on offer.