The Tipperary County Board have confirmed this morning that Noel McGrath is to have surgery on Friday to help treat testicular cancer.
The County Board wished the forward well while confirming the news this morning in a statement.
It reads: "Noel McGrath will undergo surgery for testicular cancer on Friday April 17.
"The Tipperary senior hurling squad, senior hurling management, Tipperary County Board and all Tipperary supporters wish Noel well during this time and look forward to welcoming him back in the Tipperary colours in due course.
"We ask everyone to respect the privacy of Noel and his family at this time and in the coming weeks."
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.
Noel McGrath will be absent from the Premier County's league semi-final clash with Waterford on Sunday.
Eamon O'Shea is already without the services of Seamus Callanan, who was sent off in the quarter-final win over Offaly, Cathal Barrett and John McGrath.
Lar Corbett is expected to return to training with the county tonight after undergoing rehabilitation for a knee injury.