Wednesday 21 February 2018

Noel McGrath returns to competitive action three months after cancer op

Tipperary star Noel McGrath
Tipperary star Noel McGrath

There was great news for all hurling fans tonight when Tipperary's Noel McGrath returned to the playing field for the first time since since undergoing surgery for testicular cancer.

McGrath had returned to training last month for the Premier men after treatment in April and tonight he made his competitive return for his club Loughmore-Castleiney.

Shane Brophy of the Nenagh Guardian tweeted this evening: "Great news to hear Noel McGrath back on the playing field this evening as a sub for Loughmore in a Mid Tipp Cahill Cup game v Holycross."

McGrath underwent surgery on April 17. The 24-year-old is one of the best corner-forwards in the game and has two All Star awards to his name as well as an All-Ireland winner's medal from Tipp's 2010 triumph.

He is one of the few hurlers to have won All Ireland titles with Tipperary at Senior, Under 21 and Minor levels.

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