Tipperary selector Darragh Egan has hailed Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher’s influence within the squad, branding him “a top-class individual”.
Maher is set to miss the Premier men’s All-Ireland SHC final showdown with Kilkenny on Sunday week after suffering a season-ending cruciate injury but Egan still feels the two-time All Star winner will have a big role to play within the Tipp dressing room.
“Bonner is just a top-class individual. With 12 U21s on our squad, we need to keep the likes of Bonner around,” Egan told Sky Sports.
"He was brilliant, he went and did his pre-operation prehab, got his operation done and he's pumping it out.
"He's looking forward to All-Ireland final day. While he might not be able to offer anything on the field of play, he will be able to offer loads in and around our dressing-room."
He added: "I have no doubt bar that bad injury against Limerick that he would be lining out (against Kilkenny). He has already the surgery done and he's back on the bike. He is pumping it out on the sideline when the lads are training. I have no doubt he'll be back. St Patrick's Day is probably his aim."
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