O’Dwyer won’t feature for Tipp in 2022 Championship

By Shane Brophy

John O’Dwyer will not be part of the Tipperary senior hurling panel for the upcoming championship.

Tipperary manager Colm Bonnar confirmed today that the 2-time All-Ireland winning forward has withdrawn from the panel saying he wasn’t as far as long in his recovery from injury as he would have hoped to contribute positively in the championship.

“I had a good chat with him, he just wasn’t one hundred percent physically and the injury left him too much of a gap to reach in time for championship,” Bonnar said.

The Killenaule clubman wasn’t part of the panel announced for the National League as due to an ankle issue which carried over from last year but had returned to training in recent weeks in the hope of making the championship squad.

“It was frustrating for him as he really wanted to play for Tipperary and is a big loss to our set-up and options going forward,” Bonnar added.

Tipperary manager Colm Bonnar. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile Photo by Eóin Noonan / SPORTSFILE

O’Dwyer’s withdrawal is another in a long list of players who have retired, injured or have been unable to commit from the 2021 championship squad, on top of Brendan & Padraic Maher, Willie Connors, Niall O’Meara & Bryan O’Mara, while Seamus Callanan is set to miss the opening two rounds of the championship through injury.

Colm Bonnar also confirmed there are no further additions or omissions from his league squad with 33 players set to go into battle for Tipperary in the championship, starting with Waterford in Walsh Park on Sunday, 17th April.