Kilkenny have been hit with something of a mini injury crisis ahead of their All-Ireland senior hurling semi-final.
The Cats may have to cope with the loss of four players from their panel as they defend the Liam MacCarthy Cup in a final four clash with Waterford on August 9.
Definitely out are Jackie Tyrrell and Richie Power. Two more players, Michael Fennelly and Michael Rice, are facing a race against the clock to be fit in time to feature in boss Brian Cody’s plans for the meeting with the Deise.
News of Jackie Tyrrell’s injury was confirmed by Mr Cody at the county’s media day in Langton’s yesterday (Wednesday). Tyrrell, an eight-time senior All-Ireland champion, will miss the game after undergoing surgery to repair a stress fracture to his foot, an injury he suffered during training at the weekend.
“Jackie’s a huge loss to ourselves, but it’s the player I’d feel most sorry for because his opportunity to tog out on the day is gone,” said Mr Cody. “We’re hoping his recovery will be quick but it’s impossible to say.”
The loss of the James Stephens defender is a blow for the Cats, who may also have to do without another trio of their experienced players. Chief among those is Richie Power, who will miss the game after knee surgery hampered his comeback plans.
“Richie Power is definitely out,” the Kilkenny manager continued.” There are no guarantees with Michael Fennelly either, as he’s not back in full training yet. Michael Rice has also had a hamstring injury so his plans have been set back as well.”