Kilkenny v Dublin: Michael Fennelly set to return

Michael Fennelly could yet make a surprise return to the Kilkenny team

Michael Fennelly could yet make a surprise return to the Kilkenny team

to play Dublin in the Leinster senior hurling championship on Sunday.

The Ballyhale Shamrocks star was fully involved in training at Nowlan

Park last night and if there is no adverse reaction to the exertions,

Fennelly will be in the squad for the big game in Portlaoise.

The former hurler of the year sported a surgical boot on the left

ankle he injured in a

club game nearly a month ago when the Cats opened the campaign against

Offaly. Afterwards the news from the camp was that the semi-final

might come too early for the player to recover.

However, Fennelly resumed running last week and he stepped up his work

this week.

Fennelly twisted his ankle minutes from the end of Shamrocks league

clash against Clara on May 17, and he was rushed to hospital

immediately. It wasn’t the ankle that cut short his involvement in the

2012 League final that hampered his Leinster championship campaign

later, and the damage wasn’t as severe.

The 27-year-old last played in the League final against Tipperary. He

was a surprise choice at centre-forward but he made a huge impact and

scored two first half goals

that laid the foundations for Kilkenny’s 16th League success.

Meanwhile, Henry Shefflin, who also wore a surgical boot in Tullamore,

has cast aside the apparatus and is back jogging at training. Jackie

Tyrrell is nursing a quad muscle injury and is in danger of missing

the big game.