Hogan blow for Cats but Fennelly passed fit
Published 10/06/2016 | 02:30
Michael Fennelly has recovered in time to face Dublin in tomorrow evening's Leinster hurling semi-final with Dublin in Portlaoise, Brian Cody's 80th game in charge of Kilkenny.
But, as expected, Richie Hogan was not named in the 26-man squad released last night after breaking a bone in his hand during a recent club match.
Fennelly is one of 12 players named who started last year's All-Ireland final.
Jackie Tyrrell, who missed that match because of a broken bone in his foot, takes over at left corner-back from the injured Shane Prendergast, while 2014 All-Ireland winning captain Lester Ryan is back in for Hogan as Fennelly, who had been a doubt after aggravating an ongoing back injury in a club match, moves to centre-forward.
The other change from the All-Ireland final sees JonJo Farrell take over from Ger Aylward, who has a cruciate ligament injury.
From the team beaten by Clare in the League semi-final two months ago, there are significant changes, with Paul Murphy, Michael and Colin Fennelly, Conor Fogarty and Eoin Larkin all restored to give the Cats significant firepower.
Larkin has not played for Kilkenny in a competitive game since last year's All-Ireland final after being on a tour of duty with the Armed Forces in Syria.
Cillian Buckley returns to the half-back line after playing at midfield against Clare.
Meanwhile, Roscommon will be without the injured Diarmuid Murtagh for their Connacht semi-final against Sligo at Dr Hyde Park, which will be the last game played there before the surface is replaced after 45 years of service to Roscommon GAA.
Murtagh's place will be taken by Senan Kilbride, while Enda and Donie Smith and Cathal Compton all return to the bench.
Roscommon will start only six survivors from the team that lost to Sligo in the corresponding game just less than 12 months ago - Sean Mc Dermott, Neil Collins, Niall Daly, Cathal Cregg, Kilbride and captain Ciaráin Murtagh.
Seven players - Ronan Stack, Ciarain Cafferkey, Cian Connolly, Ian Kilbride, Ultan Harney, Diarmuid Murtagh and Cathal McHugh - were not considered due to injury.
Sligo have picked an experienced team, with Brian Egan the only debutant. Adrian McIntyre returns following a break from inter-county football last year while former All-Star Charlie Harrison is recalled after missing 2015.
Laois have dropped Gary Walsh from their football squad ahead of next week's qualifier against Armagh.
Walsh, who was taken off at half-time against Dublin, made the decision public on social media yesterday, highlighting that it was because of his reaction to his withdrawal.
He admitted he was wrong to say what he did and was frustrated but was even more "frustrated" after the commitment he had given to Laois since last November.
Claiming he has been "tossed to the curb (sic)" Walsh said it didn't "add up" and felt it was a case of "teach this lad a lesson."
Kilkenny (SH v Dublin) - E Murphy; P Murphy, J Holden, J Tyrrell; P Walsh, K Joyce, C Buckley; L Ryan, C Fogarty; W Walsh, M Fennelly, TJ Reid; JJ Farrell, C Fennelly, E Larkin.
Roscommon (SF v Sligo) - G Claffey; S McDermott, N Collins, N McInerney; J McManus, S Purcell, D Murray; N Daly, J McDermott; F Cregg, C Murtagh, C Devaney; S Kilbride, C Cregg, D Shine.
Sligo - A Devaney; D Maye, K McDonnell, E Flanagan; K Cawley, A McIntyre, Brendan Egan; N Murphy, C Breheny; N Ewing, M Breheny, C Harrison; A Marren, P Hughes, Brian Egan.