Monday 5 December 2016

Hogan fit but held in reserve by Cody

Published 02/07/2016 | 02:30

A hand injury kept Hogan (right) out of the win over Dublin and while he is now fit to resume, Brian Cody has retained the starting 15 that were so effective in the semi-final. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
A hand injury kept Hogan (right) out of the win over Dublin and while he is now fit to resume, Brian Cody has retained the starting 15 that were so effective in the semi-final. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Richie Hogan returns to the Kilkenny squad after injury but is kept in reserve for tomorrow's Leinster hurling final clash with Galway.

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A hand injury kept Hogan out of the win over Dublin and while he is now fit to resume, Brian Cody has retained the starting 15 that were so effective in the semi-final.

It leaves Kilkenny with 12 of the team that started against Galway in last year's All-Ireland final.

Robert Lennon, who did very well in the semi-final, retains his place at left corner-back while Jonjo Farrell guaranteed himself a place after scoring 1-5 from open play against Dublin.

Wexford and Dublin have changed goalkeepers for their qualifier clashes with Offaly and Cork respectively.

Mark Fanning comes in for Conor O'Leary on a Wexford team on major retrieval mission against Offaly in Innovate Wexford Park this evening, having been well beaten by Dublin in the Leinster quarter-final six weeks ago.

Lee Chin, who missed the Dublin game, returns to action and has been named at centre-forward, rather than in his more familiar midfield surrounds.

Dublin recall former All-Star goalkeeper Gary Maguire for their clash with Cork in Páirc Uí Rinn.

He replaces Conor Dooley on a team that also sees the return of Mark Schutte, who missed the Leinster semi-final due to injury.

Kerry name an unchanged team for the Munster football final against Tipperary in Killarney tomorrow.

Significantly, James O'Donoghue is fit enough to be included in the panel for the first time since last year's All-Ireland final.

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