Lar Corbett has returned to the Tipperary senior hurling panel, it emerged last night.
The 2010 Hurler of the Year was not present in Clonlara last evening when Tipp played a senior hurling challenge against Clare, but the Thurles Sarsfields clubman is expected to return to training at Semple Stadium tomorrow night.
However Tipperary boss Declan Ryan will be anxious to dampen expectations about Corbett making an immediate return to the starting line-up. Corbett, 31, has not been involved with his club this year and at this point in time, the man who has scored 26 championship goals for Tipperary, is well below the fitness levels required for inter-county fare.
Tipperary begin their Munster campaign against Limerick on Sunday week, May 27, at Semple Stadium but that game may come too soon for Corbett. But the return of the talismanic goal machine is a massive boost for Tipperary ahead of the championship and if Ryan’s charges get past Limerick, Corbett would surely come into contention for a starting place against Cork in a potential Munster semi-final on June 24.
Corbett dropped a bombshell in February when he withdrew from the Tipperary panel, citing work commitments.
But the 2001 and 2010 All-Ireland medallist now believes the time is right to make his comeback — and his return will be warmly greeted by team-mates, officials and supporters alike.
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