Tipperary's Willie Connors is facing a long spell on the sidelines after suffering a double ankle fracture in Saturday's Munster Hurling Cup clash against Kerry.

The Kingdom earned a 0-17 to 0-14 win at Austin Stack Park in Tralee, with Connors' injury a major blow on a day to forget for the Premier County.

The game was held up for more than ten minutes in the second half as the 25-year-old half-forward received treatment.

In a statement Tipp confirmed the extent of the injury, saying: "Best wishes to Willie Connors who sustained a double ankle fracture in today's game against Kerry. We wish Willie well in his recovery."

Tipperary begin their Allianz Hurling League campaign on Saturday 5 February against Laois.