Tipperary star,Lar Corbett, looks set to miss the start of his county’s NHL campaign as a result of a foot injury.
According to reports in today’s Irish Examiner, Corbett expressed his frustration at being sidelined as Tipperary prepare for the NHL under new manager Declan Ryan.
“I’ve a foot problem,” he said. “I actually hurt it the week before the All-Ireland final training in Carton House. After the final, I was back with the club and I didn’t get the chance to address it properly. I wasn’t doing much training but put repetitive strain on it playing match after match.
“We were lucky it went so well for [Thurles] Sarsfields for the foot was agony. I got an MRI scan and the inflammation is after building up. I have done nothing on it for the last seven weeks, but it hasn’t settled down properly. I don’t know whether it will need an injection in a couple of weeks. If that doesn’t work we might have to look at something else.”
Corbett is more determined than ever to play a leading role this season as Tipperary attempt to defend the All Ireland title they won last September:
“I would rather be training at 100% now and get back into fitness and sharpness and drive it on because we’re there to be knocked. This injury is frustrating but I have to be patient. This year it’s about winning that All-Ireland again. If that means two in a row, it means two in a row but we’re taking the year as a season in itself.
“When it comes down it, 2011 is about winning an All-Ireland — same as 2010. We have to put our best performance on the table every time we go out. It’s about not getting soft. All the hard work and commitment we put in last year has to be repeated and bettered with the new management.”
Corbett is also expecting the fringe players to take another step forward this year, namely his Sarsfields club-mate Pa Bourke:
“Noel McGrath and Pádraig Maher in their first years set the place alight and we didn’t expect them to burst onto the scene like they did. The pair of them got All Stars, Noel got young player of the year. John O’Neill has had hard luck with injuries but the key is anybody who’s given the chance has to take it. Pa Bourke has been the best club hurler for Sarsfields with Pádraig Maher over the last couple of years. He’s a man whose time has come, I think. I’m looking forward to seeing him get on. He’s a class act and dedicated.”