Kilkenny star, Henry Shefflin is facing surgery again and he is not sure when he might be able to resume his inter-county hurling career, writes John Knox.
The Ballyhale Shamrocks man picked up an ankle injury in the recent Leinster club game against Oulart-the-Ballagh (Wexford), but the full extent of the problem was only diagnosed during the last few days.
There is a bone broken in the ankle, and also ligament damage, and the nine times All-Ireland medal winner faces suregey a few days after Christmas. Shefflin will be in plaster of paris for weeks, and after that he faces another stint of rehabilitation work.
“I am not sure about the time line for anything yet,” Henry said. “After the surgery I will see how things progress. The specialist will know more then.”
Shefflin, who will celebrate his 34th birthday in January, was stunned by the news. The weekend before last he was really upbeat when he announced at the Kilkenny All-Ireland medal presentation that he was looking forward to going on the team holiday to New York and Jamaica with the players after Christmas, and then getting back into training.
Now the plans for both have to be shelved. Shefflin only returned to the game in June after nearly eight months of rehab following surgery to repair a damaged shoulder. That injury followed two cruciate ligament replacements in recent years.
“I have had more than my fair share of injuries,” Shefflin added. “I will just have to put up with it and work at getting back as quickly as possible.”
The Ballyhale star is featured in a major interview in the ’People this week, during which he outlines in great detail the highs and lows of the testing season that was 2012.