Tipperary's slim championship hopes have taken another blow with the news that Jason Forde and James Quigley will miss Sunday's showdown with Limerick while former All-Star John McGrath is out for the rest of the season.
Two-time All-Ireland winner McGrath limped off 23 minutes into the Premier County's Munster SHC defeat to Clare last week and Tipperary today confirmed that he has undergone surgery on a ruptured Achilles tendon today. That injury typically requires at least six months recovery time.
Quigley also departed early against the Banner after straining a hamstring while free-taker Forde finished the game but has suffered an unspecified injury.
Following their defeats to Waterford and Clare, 2019 All-Ireland champions Tipp need to beat three-in-a-row chasers Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds to have any chance of progressing to an All-Ireland quarter-final.
They have already been coping without former All-Stars Seamus Callanan and John 'Bubbles' O'Dwyer due to hand and knee injuries respectively.
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