McCormack and O'Dwyer to miss rest of Tipp's league
Tipperary manager Michael Ryan will have to plan without wing-forward Dan McCormack and wing-back Joe O'Dwyer as they bid to reach the league final for the second year in a row.
Both players suffered injuries in the early stages of their 1-20 to 1-11 win over Waterford on Saturday night and both are now recovering after both underwent minor surgery on Monday.
But while both players are a loss as Tipperary prepare for their remaining Division 1A games at home to Wexford and Cork, with a trip to Kilkenny in between, Ryan said the league is going to be used to try out as many players as possible.
McCormack, who made his debut two years ago against Dublin in Ryan's first match as manager, was replaced by Paul Shanahan after just four minutes on Saturday night but fears that he had suffered a serious knee injury proved unfounded and the Borris-Ileigh clubman is now recovering from a cartilage issue will keep him out for four to five weeks.
O'Dwyer suffered a broken thumb ten minutes into the Waterford game and will be sidelined for six to eight weeks, with the Killenaule man unlikely to be back before the start of the championship.
Triple All-Star Seamus Callanan is not expected back until the latter stages of the league as he struggles with a back injury, while the recalled Cathal Barrett didn't start because of a groin injury. But manager Ryan said he wants to continue trying out as many players as possible - Killenaule's Paudie Feehan was superb on Saturday night - during the league.
"The one thing we are looking for out of the squad in 2018 is absolute competition within the group and that when they come together and we take on opposition that we get that level of competition then.
"We got to use more of the panel against Waterford and that's hugely pleasing."