Fennelly in race to make league
Colin Fennelly is Kilkenny's latest injury worry with a nose problem that could keep him out for the start of the league.
The Cats commence their Division 1A campaign against Waterford on February 12 and Fennelly is facing a race against time to be ready for the Nowlan Park clash.
With his squad decimated by injuries and college commitments, Brian Cody had just 20 players togged out for last Sunday's facile Walsh Cup win over Antrim in their clash at the GAA's National Development Centre in Abbotstown.
They named eight of the side that started last year's All-Ireland final as they hit the minnows for six goals.
Cody confirmed afterwards that his squad were carrying a "few knocks" in the build-up to their league opener and his case wasn't helped when defender Michael Walsh, who had lined out at full-back in the game with the Saffrons, was helped off the field with what looked like a serious knee injury.
Kilkenny are definitely without Fennelly's brother Michael for the foreseeable future as he looks to recover from a serious Achilles injury sustained in last year's All-Ireland semi-final replay win over Waterford. The elder Fennelly also has to contend with a troublesome back issue. No date has yet been scheduled for his comeback.