Tipperary forward Lar Corbett is expected to be fit for Tipperary's Munster Hurling Championship semi-final against Limerick on the first weekend in June.
The former hurler of the year has been struggling with a knee injury but made his comeback in a club match over the weekend.
Only a few weeks ago Corbett was deemed unlikely to feature in the tie; however, he has undergone treatment from several specialists which has dramatically improved his recovery.
Tipperary captain Brendan Maher said Corbett’s return is a massive boost.
Speaking to RTÉ Sport, Maher said: “Lar has resumed training and also got through a few minutes with Thurles Sarsfields, so it’s great to have him back.
“He completed full training the week before the league final so that gave the group a buzz and it was great to have back on the field.
“He’s obviously a great leader to have around the dressing room but to have him back in training now is great.”
As to the prospect of Corbett being involved in the upcoming clash against Limerick, Maher remains positive: “I’m sure if Lar stays training and is fully fit and performing the way we know he can, he’s going to be part of something whether that means a starting fifteen or coming off the bench.
“I know from talking to Lar he knows he’s something to offer. He said that if that means he gets a start or just a few minutes, he’s willing to give to the team.”