KILKENNY should have Richie Power available for what should be a sizzling All-Ireland hurling semi-final against Tipperary in Croke Park on August 19, writes John Knox.
However, it is a toss up at this stage as to whether or not last year’s All-Ireland winning captain, Brian Hogan, will be fit to resume after injury.
Meanwhile, deadly attacker, Richie Hogan, is a definite non-starter because he will be suspended after being red carded in Sunday’s quarter-final against Limerick.
Power was very badly shaken after being stopped in his tracks on a solo run just before half-time, and he had to be helped from the field. He was taken by ambulance to St Luke’s hospital, Kilkenny, while the rest of the players were in the dressing room during the break.
Tests and scans have revealed there were no broken bones, and while the players was still in some discomfort last night, indications were that he should be ready for the semi-final.
Brian Hogan burst a blood vessel in the calf of his right leg in the last round of club games. While he is making steady progress, no one will know for a few weeks whether or not he will be able to play.
Such an injury is rare and it requires specialised treatment, but there is no recognised time span for a recovery. It is a wait and see situation for the O’Loughlin Gaels man, who has now suffered an injury in consecutive club games, although he finished both of them.