ONLY days after thinking he was in the clear and set for a well deserved break in the sun, Henry Shefflin was knocked back by news of yet another serious injury.
Now, instead of living it up with his Kilkenny hurling colleagues in New York and Jamaica, the Ballyhale Shamrocks attacker and nine times All-Ireland medal winner will undergo surgery to repair a broken bone in his foot.
“I couldn’t believe it when I got the news, although I had my suspicions,” the Hurler of the Year told the ’People.
The weekend before last Shefflin was upbeat and all smiles at the post All-Ireland medal presentation in Langton’s Hotel when he revealed he was staying on for another season, and that he was looking forward to the holiday before getting back to training.
A few days later he had a scan on the ankle he injured in the Leinster club game against Oulart-the-Ballagh (Wexford) two week earlier. The scan revealed a broken bone, and ligament damage. Shefflin, who had been experiencing pain in the ankle, is now booked in for surgery a few days after Christmas.
He will be in plaster of paris for at least five weeks, and it will be well into spring time when he will be fit to resume serious training.
Meanwhile, Ballyhale Shamrocks have nominated Colin Fennelly to be Kilkenny captain in 2013. The vice-captain will be Henry Shefflin.
Colin Fennelly (23) joined the county squad in 2011, and has won two senior All-Ireland medals and a National League. He is brother of All-Ireland winning captain of 2009 and former Hurler of the Year, Michael Fennelly and son of former Shamrocks manager, Michael Fennelly (senior).