Lar Corbett unlikely to line out with Tipperary

Former Hurler of the Year Lar Corbett has cast major doubts on his summer championship participation.

The Thurles Sarsfields forward, who turned 34 yesterday, is struggling with a knee complaint and admits that he doesn’t know if he will feature this year.

Corbett confirmed: “The knee has been an ongoing problem. I honestly don’t know one way or another. I’m doing a bit of work myself – that’s just the way it is. I’ll have to see how it is over the next month. I’ll know then.”

Corbett was troubled by a similar complaint last year but, after missing the Allianz League through injury, he made it back in time for Tipperary’s championship opener against Limerick and scored a point after coming on as sub. Corbett added: “It is the same problem as last year. I’ll have to deal with it. If I get over it, I get over it, if I don’t, I don’t.

“I just don’t know – there’s no point in speculating. All I can do is just do what I’m doing and that’s it.

“It’s just life. It’s part and parcel of sport. You have ups and downs, you have injuries. Hopefully I can get over and get out of this one.”

Corbett continued: “The only way to go back is if when you can actually offer something and be part of something, and you’re worth something to whoever is there.

“There’s no point going back hoping for the best, another throw of the dice. There is no point going back and being in the way.

“I’m a big believer if you have nothing to offer, stay at home.”

Tipperary boss Eamon O’Shea stated on Sunday Corbett is not part of the county set-up at present.

And while 2010 Hurler of the Year Corbett would commit for another season if he can sort out his injury, he conceded getting back into the squad might not be straightforward.

He said: “That’s just for the management to take on board, if they think I have something to offer. All I can do is come in in the best condition I can, try my best and if people think then that’s worth something, fair enough. If they don’t, whatever management says goes at all times. I respect that, always. I never thought I ever deserved anything. You have to work for it. I’m just doing my own thing at the minute.”


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