Massive blow for Tipp
Young Hurler of Year Maher out with suspected broken ankle
All-Ireland champions Tipperary have been rocked by the news that 2010 Young Hurler of the Year Brendan Maher has sustained a suspected broken ankle.
The full extent of the injury will be revealed later today following further scans, but it is understood that the Borrisoleigh star fractured a bone in an accident at his home.
Maher (22) won All-Ireland senior and U-21 medals in 2010, along with an All Star award, following a superb season at midfield. But the 2007 All-Ireland minor-winning captain will be ruled out for up to three months and may not return until July.
Maher will definitely miss the remainder of Tipperary’s Allianz Hurling League campaign, the Munster SHC quarter-final against Cork on May 29 and, should Tipp progress, the semifinal showdown with Clare on June 19.
But if Maher’s recovery goes according to plan, he could come into contention for a possible Munster final appearance on July 10.
Maher’s injury was X-rayed at Nenagh General Hospital yesterday and the player will undergo further tests today.
Meanwhile, Cork footballers are also sweating on the fitness of Colm O’Neill, who will have to have a further scan on his knee to determine if he has suffered cruciate ligament damage.
O’Neill limped out of Cork’s threepoint win over Galway in Pearse Stadium on Sunday after just 16 minutes.
The Ballyclough man had suffered the same injury on the same knee four years ago. He had an initial scan yesterday but the results were inconclusive. O’Neill must undergo a further examination to determine if he’ll be out for the season.
Elsewhere, Galway’s Michael Meehan is due to undergo another scan on the ankle ligament injury he sustained in last summer’s Connacht semi-final replay against Sligo. Meehan has not played since and is concerned at the slow rate of progress he has been making.
Galway don’t expect him back for any of the remaining two league matches which they must win to have any chance of remaining a Division 1 side in 2012. But there are increasing fears that further surgery may be required to correct his problem.