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22 Jan 2022

Walsh fit for Kilkenny to face Wexford

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.

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