ALL-Ireland senior hurling champions Tipperary have been dealt a fresh injury blow with the news that forward Patrick 'Bonner' Maher has been ruled out for a month with a broken hand.
Maher, who scored four points against Galway in last Sunday's Allianz NHL victory, damaged his right hand in the closing stages and the severity of the injury was confirmed by scans yesterday.
Maher (21) will miss Tipperary's final National Hurling League outing against Wexford at Semple Stadium on Sunday week, April 17.
The timing of Maher's injury comes as more of a blow for the player's club Lorrha-Dorrha and Maher will definitely miss the Tipperary North SHC opener against Kildangan next Sunday.
The tigerish half-forward is unlikely to make it back in time for Lorrha-Dorrha's second outing against Burgess on April 24.
But Maher is in no danger of missing Tipperary's Munster SHC quarter-final against Cork at Semple Stadium on May 29.
Meanwhile there was speculation in Tyrone last night that four time Allstar Philip Jordan was poised to announce his retirement. Jordan has recently recovered from surgery and had his first run out against Kildare on Sunday. Neither Tyrone County Board or team sources could confirm if Jordan had made the decision.