TIPPERARY GAA have today confirmed that Noel McGrath is to undergo surgery tomorrow for testicular cancer.
A statement from the county board released this morning added: "The Tipperary senior hurling squad, senior hurling management, Tipperary County Board and all Tipperary supporters wish Noel well during this time and look forward to welcoming him back in the Tipperary colours in due course.
"We ask everyone to respect the privacy of Noel and his family at this time and in the coming weeks."
The news has understandably overshadowed reports that Lar Corbett is to return to inter-county training tonight.
Corbett, 34, hasn't played since last year's All-Ireland final replay defeat to Kilkenny and recently cast doubt over his ability to endure at county level but is now expected to reintegrate with Eamon O'Shea's panel tonight.