Wednesday 28 September 2016

Fennelly facing scan to learn his final fate

Published 15/08/2016 | 02:30

Fennelly (pictured) faces a scan to ascertain the extent of the damage. Photo: Sportsfile
Fennelly (pictured) faces a scan to ascertain the extent of the damage. Photo: Sportsfile

Michael Fennelly's participation in the All-Ireland hurling final is in serious doubt after he damaged an Achilles tendon during Saturday's win over Waterford in Thurles.

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Fennelly faces a scan to ascertain the extent of the damage, but with the final only 20 days away the odds are against him being fit for the September 4 showdown.

He pulled up suddenly just as he was galloping after a loose ball on the hour mark on Saturday. He was stretchered from the pitch in obvious pain, with an injury which will be fully assessed in the coming days.

Meanwhile, Offaly will begin their search immediately for a new hurling manager, following Eamonn Kelly's resignation after one season in charge.

"Having reviewed the season just gone, and considered the increasing personal and business demands on my time, I have informed the Offaly County Board that I will not be in a position to continue," Kelly said in a statement.

The Tipperary man had replaced Brian Whelahan at the end of last season.

Offaly finished fourth in Division 1B of the Allianz League and qualified for the Leinster semi-final, where they lost to Galway. They were eliminated in the All-Ireland qualifiers by Wexford.

Offaly chairman, Padraig Boland, said: "I am deeply disappointed that Eamonn finds himself unable to continue, as the progression made was quite noticeable in attitude and fitness levels, and in gaining a greater understanding of what is required to achieve success at this level."

Irish Independent

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