Kilkenny will have to plan without the services of Adrian Mullen for the 2020 season.
The current young Hurler of the Year picked up an injury during Sunday's drawn National Hurling League clash against Clare. The Shamrocks Ballyhale man damaged a cruciate ligament, which finished his season.
Mullen, who will celebrate his 21st birthday in March, returned to the Kilkenny team on Sunday following a five week break. He was rested after helping Shamrocks to victory in the All-Ireland club senior championship.
Mullen was flying at wing-forward during the game and scored two points before he picked up the injury in the 21st minute. Kilkenny management weren't sure after the match how the player received the injury, or the extent of the problem, but the worst news was confirmed on Monday.
Mullen joined the Kilkenny senior panel in 2019. To date he has won two Kilkenny senior championships and two All-Ireland club titles.
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