Monday 11 December 2017

Premier boss Eamon O'Shea still hopeful over Pádraic Maher injury

Padraic Maher, Tipperary, reacts after picking up an injury
Padraic Maher, Tipperary, reacts after picking up an injury

EAMON O'SHEA says Tipperary are "hopeful" that Pádraic Maher will be fit for their All-Ireland SHC semi-final with Galway on Sunday week.

Maher played the entirety of Tipp's Munster final win over Waterford last month but wore a sling afterwards after injuring one of his A/C joints.

Speaking at last night's press conference, O'Shea revealed that Maher had yet to train since the Waterford win but hoped the Thurles Sarsfields man would be available for the duel with Galway.

Noel McGrath, meanwhile, is available again, having come through two club matches after his cancer diagnosis earlier this year.

"It's a serious thing so you just have to wait and see how he goes and what happens," O'Shea explained.

"He's been hurling away with us and he has played for his club a couple of times. It's great credit to him in terms of it's good to get back doing things he likes doing, like any of us.

"I think that's been the big thing for us, we haven't been thinking really about the game or competitively or whatever.

"It may turn out like that hopefully but the big thing was to get him back in an environment where he's happy.

"That was the main thing for us.

"I don't think there is anybody definitely out," O'Shea added.

"We've had ongoing little minor issues with Michael Cahill and Paddy Stapleton, but nothing major."


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