HOT Kilkenny prospect, Eoin Murphy, is the latest casualty in the hurling camp, writes John Knox.
The versatile Glenmore player was concussed in a colleges game over the weekend and he has been forced to stand down for a number of weeks.
The 22-year-old played in goal against Galway in the All-Ireland final re-run when the Allianz National League swung into action two weeks ago, but he won’t be available for selection in the hugely important clash against Tipperary on Sunday in Thurles.
Two bad knocks
Murphy, who plays in attack with his club and college, Waterford IT, suffered two bad knocks in the Fitzgibbon Cup hurling semi-final against Mary Immaculate on Friday, and he had to receive hospital treatment.
The game was less than 10 minutes old when the Waterford IT free taker was felled by what was described as a “heavy and high” body check. Murphy hit the ground instantly and he had to be treated for several minutes before being able to resume.
Over the weekend he was nursing bruising to the right hand side of his face, and he was still badly shaken after the experience.
The offender was red carded.
Nearing the end of the game the player received another knock in which he swallowed his tongue. However, the quick action of keen eyed fans helped him this time.
The supporters instantly recognised that Murphy was in distress when he lay crouched and gasping for air on the ground, and they ran on to the field to put him in the recovery position.
He recovered after a few minutes and was treated in an ambulance by medical officers.
The player, apparently, remembered little from the game after shipping the first knock. Eoin Murphy joined the squad in 2011. He played out field during the League last year, and the Galway start was his first between the sticks in ages.
Take a break
Murphy returned home from Carnmore with his college colleagues, but over the weekend the severe headache he had after the incidents became worse and he was taken to Waterford Regional Hospital for treatment. He was discharged later, and was advised to take a break from the game.
Kilkenny listed last season’s No. 1 choice, David Herity as the reserve ’keeper against Galway, but he was nursing a shoulder injury before the match. The Dunnamaggin man should be available this time, but manager Brian Cody will now have to name another goalie to get through this crisis.
Michael Fennelly played with Limerick UL in the Fitzgibbon Cup recently, so he should be ready to resume. He was picked for the Galway game, but he suffered a muscle spasm in his back in the dressing-room and had to cry off.