Walsh fit for Kilkenny to face Wexford

By John Knox

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Walsh fit for Kilkenny to face Wexford

Padraig Walsh is fit to play

Padraig Walsh has been passed fit to play with Kilkenny in the National Hurling League quarter-final against Wexford in Nowlan Park on Sunday (4pm).
The Tullaroan defender, who is emerging as Kilkenny's most likely full-back for the season, was struck in the face by the sliotar early on in the match against Dublin last weekend and he was taken off at half-time.
Walsh was rushed to hospital for treatment and x-rays, but no serious damaged showed up and he subsequently joined the squad for the post match meal.
However, he was kept under observation for a number of days, but he was passed fit to face the Slaneysiders last night.
For the second week in-a-row manager, Brian Cody and selectors, Michael Dempsey, James McGarry and Derek Lyng made one change on the Kilkenny team.
Conor O'Shea, who pulled up with a hamstring strain against Dublin, has been ruled out. His place in the starting XV has been taken by Ollie Walsh, who will line out at midfield.
In a reshuffle of the lines, Paddy Deegan will drop back from midfield to the '40' , allowing O'Shea's Clara clubmate, Shane Prendergast to fill the vacancy at left corner back.
Kilkenny (SH v Wexford) - Eoin Murphy; Paul Murphy, Padraig Walsh, Shane Prendergast; Conor Fogarty, Jason Cleere, Paddy Deegan; Ollie Walsh, Cillian Buckley; Colin Fennelly, Walter Walsh,T.J. Reid; Liam Blanchfield, Richie Hogan, Conor Martin.
Subs - Alan Murphy, Kieran Joyce, Joey Holden, Michael Walsh, Joe Lyng, Lester Ryan, Pat Lyng, Jonjo Farrell, James Maher, Mark Bergin, Michael Malone.