Local Tipperary media is reporting the Premier County will be without defender Michael Cahill as they embark on the Munster Hurling Championship after the Thurles Sarsfields man was dealt a major setback on his playing comeback.

The 30-year-old was continuing his journey back to full fitness after undergoing surgery for a cruciate injury picked up on duty for Thurles Sarsfields last year.

The former All-Star was back in training with Sarsfields and eyeing a return to action when the club action resumes, but according to local media reports, was hospitalised following an accidental clash with a team-mate in training.

The Tipperary Star reports that Cahill has undergone surgery to repair a broken and badly damaged kneecap.

Tipperary get their 2019 Championship campaign underway this weekend when they travel to Pairc Ui Chaoimh to take on Cork.