Tipperary have confirmed that Patrick 'Bonner' Maher will miss the remainder of the season having ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee.
The news comes as a major blow to Tipp’s Munster final hopes, with the hard-working wing-forward in great form so far this season.
Double All-Ireland winner and two-time All Star Maher (29) suffered the season-ending injury in Sunday's Munster round-robin win over All-Ireland champions Limerick, a result which saw the Premier County top the group with four wins from four.
They’ll meet Limerick again in the provincial decider on Sunday week without Maher and there are also worries over defender Cathal Barrett.
Barrett went off injured in the same game and he is set to have a scan on what looks to be a hamstring problem later on Tuesday.
His injury isn’t thought to be as serious as Maher’s, though he could still be facing a race against time to be fit to face Limerick on 30 June.
A ruptured ACL requires surgery to repair and generally takes at least nine months to recover from.
'He'll come back stronger' - Tipperary boss Liam Sheedy on the news that Patrick 'Bonner' Maher will miss the remainder of the season having ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee #rtegaa pic.twitter.com/shjqv10Awm— RTÉ GAA (@RTEgaa) June 18, 2019