Tipperary half-forward Patrick “Bonner” Maher has returned to light training following a serious knee injury and could yet feature in the Premier County’s championship opener against Limerick at the end of May.
Maher’s return will come as a welcome fillip for Tipperary team manager Declan Ryan following his side’s listless display in the Allianz Hurling League semi-final defeat to Cork in Thurles last Sunday.
Maher (22) has been out of action since February 12th when he sustained what initially looked like a cruciate ligament injury but was later confirmed to be cartilage damage against Cork in the Munster Cup semi-final.
He was prescribed a period of total rest to heal the injury and subsequently missed Tipperary’s entire league campaign, but could now come into contention to face Limerick when Ryan’s men commence their championship campaign against Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds on May 27th.
He has now resumed light training but, after such a lengthy spell on the sidelines, Tipp’s medical team will be monitoring his progress closely and will think long and hard before risking him in a championship encounter.