Tipperary's worries mount over Corbett injury
Fears are growing in Tipperary over the fitness of star forward Lar Corbett.
Premier County assistant manager Michael Ryan has admitted that Corbett's knee injury is causing considerable concern, with no possible comeback date even in sight.
Corbett's injury is threatening his participation in the Allianz Hurling League semi-final against Clare on April 20.
Ryan says that the player's long-term prospects will become clear over the next fortnight.
Corbett (33) has made just one appearance so far this year – when he scored a goal after coming on as a substitute against Limerick IT in the preliminary round Waterford Crystal Cup fixture in Nenagh.
The Thurles Sarsfields attacker had been expected to feature during the league, but, after recovering from a hamstring strain, Corbett has struggled to overcome his knee problem.
"We're hoping that he's getting closer all the time. These couple of weeks are the tell-tale weeks (as to) how soon can we get him back," Ryan said.
"Lar is having treatment on the knee and it is giving him trouble. He's sitting and waiting to see how he reacts to a little bit of work. We have to add to the workload incrementally, to make sure he's okay and there's nothing in there that's still not right."
Ryan conceded that the chances of Corbett featuring against Clare at the Gaelic Grounds are "unlikely."
He said: "This week will tell it all. It depends on the level of work that Lar can do. He's been to specialists and the advice is that we just think it's a matter of time and to be patient. The bigger impact is on Lar. This has gone on since January and we're now at the end of March. We'd love to have him involved against Clare, but just to have him is the bigger concern. We have no firm dates that we have to have Lar by."
On the plus side, Tipp expect to have Cathal Barrett, Michael Cahill, Pádraic Maher and Patrick 'Bonner' Maher back fit in time for the Clare game.
Ryan explained: "We haven't got a full assessment on Barrett yet. If he takes 10 days (ankle injury), that will be it. It might only take seven. 'Bonner' Maher should be back within two weeks, Michael Cahill within two weeks and Paudie Maher within the next week to 10 days."