The Walshs', Walter and Padraig, come into the reckoning for Clare game

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The Walshs', Walter and Padraig, come into the recking for Clare game

Walter Walsh

Defending champions, Kilkenny, got their National Hurling League campaign off to a flying start yesterday when they beat Cork in Nowlan Park.

That was a great start for the Noresiders, who lost their opening two matches in last year’s campaign before recovery to drive on and win the title.

And now there is every chance that stout-hearted defender, Padraig Walsh, and towering attacker, Walter Walsh, will be available to help the cause when the Cats visit Ennis to play Clare on Sunday.

The pair were sidelined by leg injuries in recent weeks and missed the Walsh Cup tie and yesterday’s ’League opener.

Kilkenny manager, Brian Cody, is hoping to have the pair available for selection for the second match.

“Walter Walsh is ready to come back into the reckoning with Padraig Walsh,” Cody revealed during a press briefing after the win over Cork.

Former All-Star, Richie Hogan, was picked on the original team to face Cork, but was withdrawn at training on Friday night when he reported a twinge in his back.

It was decided not to risk him so early in the season, and that led to promotion from the bench for Billy Ryan, who had been hurling in the All-Ireland club intermediate championship with Graigue-Ballycallan up to the previous weekend.

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