Tennyson tale not finished yet
Published 05/08/2010 | 05:00
Kilkenny star John Tennyson may not be in such a nice place at the moment after being cut down by a serious injury, but he has vowed to return to the inter-county stage.
The Carrickshock defender damaged a knee during training with the All-Ireland champions last week. First up, he will miss Sunday's All-Ireland hurling semi-final against Cork, but there is a real chance he could be out of action for up to a year.
"It is not a nice place I find myself in at the moment, but I hope there will be more big hurling days for John Tennyson," said the former minor and U-21 star, who may have ruptured the cruciate ligament in his right knee for the second time in three seasons.
While the player has had a scan on the knee and has spoken with a top orthopaedic surgeon, the knee is so badly swollen that no clear diagnosis can be made at this stage. All the indications are that the ligament has been severed, but Tennyson is hoping that maybe, just maybe, the problem might be something else.
There was good news yesterday for Tennyson's clubmate and All Star Michael Rice, who had a plaster cast removed from a damaged hand that has prevented him from playing any hurling for three weeks.
The bone has knitted well and he has full movement in the hand, so he could be available to manager Brian Cody as the Cats continue their drive for the five-in-a-row against arch-rivals Cork on Sunday.