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Vincent Hogan: 13 years, 10 finals, 8 winners' medals, 3 career-threatening injuries, 2 tweets, but ...

Published 08/09/2012 | 05:00

ON the Wednesday evening before this year's National League final, Henry Shefflin had to abort a weights session in the Nowlan Park gym. Eoin Larkin and Jackie Tyrrell watched as he stepped from the machine ashen-faced and in palpable discomfort. Shefflin had yet to hurl this year, his recuperation from shoulder surgery in December proving dispiritingly slow and problematic.

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That Sunday, he sat on the front steps of the old stand in Thurles alongside Michael Rice, Richie Power, Aidan Fogarty and Noel Hickey as Cork were ruthlessly obliterated in a final that, essentially, lasted just 10 minutes. At 33, all manner of doubts had to be settling by Henry's rib-cage.

The cartilage ripped from his shoulder during a club game last autumn represented the third career-threatening injury faced by Shefflin in five years. It would also prove, by some distance, the most challenging.

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