Corbett return comes too late for Tipperary's Munster clash with Limerick
Lar Corbett will play no part in Tipperary's opening Munster championship match against Limerick on Sunday week.
As the 2010 Hurler of the Year ends his three-and-a-half-month exile by returning to training tonight, Tipperary selector Michael Gleeson confirmed that Corbett would not be involved so soon.
"He's lucky he doesn't put on weight, and we're lucky he doesn't, but realistically we're not going to see Lar play against Limerick. That's not even two weeks away," said Gleeson. "But once Lar is committed, as he is now, he'll make a huge effort. Depending on consultations with the trainer, we're hoping once this game is out of the way we might be in a position to see him play shortly after that.
"We're delighted, Lar's been an integral part of this panel for the last 10 years and is very popular with the lads.
"He never said he was retiring -- he said he was withdrawing from the panel. That was made clear from the start. Some people believed it, some people didn't."
Corbett himself admitted yesterday it was always in the back of his mind that he would come back once work commitments allowed him too.
"While I had to take time out for business reasons, I knew in the back of my mind that if I could get structures in place with the bar (in Thurles) and a few other things that I would immediately want to come back," he said. "But I couldn't say at the time if that would be possible."
Limerick, meanwhile, have been dealt a blow with news that Seamus Hickey will be out for up to eight weeks with a broken elbow.
Elsewhere, the GAA's Central Competition Controls Committee are to decide on Seanie Johnston's proposed transfer to Kildare club St Kevin's later this week. The CCCC met again on the issue yesterday and are understood to be close to a decision.