Fogarty cut down by injury again

KILKENNY star, Aidan Fogarty, will miss the National Hurling League final against Cork and the next two intermediate league matches with his club, but he should be fine for the Leinster championship, writes John Knox.

KILKENNY star, Aidan Fogarty, will miss the National Hurling League final against Cork and the next two intermediate league matches with his club, but he should be fine for the Leinster championship, writes John Knox.

The flying Emeralds (Urlingford) attacker, the winner of six senior All-Irelands, broke his left wrist during a training ground accident last week, and now he joints Henry Shefflin, Richie Hogan and Lester Ryan, who will all sit out the League decider.

“It is a bit of a downer getting injured again after losing so much time last season, but I will just have to put up with it,” the Emeralds man told the Kilkenny People.

Around this time last year Fogarty faced a battle to recover from a broken ankle. He missed most of the club season, but he battled back to take his place in the Kilkenny squad for the All-Ireland final against Tipperary.

“In a best case scenario I might get back in four weeks, but I would need a little luck,” Fogarty added.

The wrist was put in a splint rather than plaster of Paris to avoid muscle wastage, which should help shorten the recovery period if the player is careful and avoids getting another knock on the wrist.

“I couldn’t believe it when I was told the wrist was fractured,” Aidan explained. “After all I went through last year it was a real sickener. It is still very sore and I have little power in the hand. I have been told that when the recovery starts things should move along quickly.”

The 30-year-old will miss Emeralds next two intermediate league games against St Lachtain’s (Freshford) and All-Ireland junior club champions, St Patrick’s (Ballyragget), but he hopes to be back for the third round on May 19 against Young Irelands (Gowran).