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Dislocated knee and cruciate fears as emerging Tipp senior hurler set for long spell on sidelines

Billy McCarthy had made his senior championship debut for Tipperary in May.

EMERGING TIPPERARY SENIOR hurler Billy McCarthy is set for a long spell on the sidelines in the wake of the serious knee injury he suffered in a club match last Wednesday night.

Billy McCarthy and Jason McCarthy Billy McCarthy in action for Tipperary against Clare in June. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

McCarthy suffered the injury while in action for his club Thurles Sarsfields in their Mid Tipperary senior hurling semi-final win against JK Brackens. It has emerged that McCarthy dislocated his knee in the incident and The42 understands that there are concerns he may have torn his cruciate as well, with a scan set to confirm the extent of the injury when the swelling has eased on his knee.

It has been likened to the setback suffered by Mayo’s Tom Parsons in the Connacht championship in May when he sustained extensive damage to his knee in their clash with Galway and is in the midst of a long period of rehabilitation.

The news is a tough setback for the player who proved an addition to the Tipperary ranks this season and was one of their bright spots in an otherwise disappointing campaign as they failed to emerge from the Munster championship. McCarthy, a 2015 Dr Harty Cup winner with Thurles CBS when he scored 1-2 in that final victory, helped his club complete a four-in-a-row on the Tipperary senior stage last October, striking 0-3 from centre-forward in their success over Borris-Ileigh.

This spring McCarthy got a regular run of games in the league, starting on five occasions, and was the number 11 when they lost out in the league final against Kilkenny in Nowlan Park. He went on to make his senior championship debut in Tipperary’s Munster opener against Limerick and started all four of the Premier’s matches in the province, bagging a goal in their last game against Clare.

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