Fogarty's return a big boost for cats
There was good news for Kilkenny hurling manager, Brian Cody, when the second round of local senior league matches were played over the weekend.
Conor Fogarty, who has been out of action for more than three months with a leg injury, returned to action with his club Erin's Own (Castlecomer) and he is ready to resume full training.
Fogarty, son of former senior selector Martin, broke a bone in his leg in the first National League match against Cork in February and he hasn't played since. He got through the full 60 minutes against former champions, Clara, yesterday and looked lively and strong.
Fogarty broke into the first team last season and he turned in a near man-of-the-match showing against Tipperary in the All-Ireland final replay last September. Cody will no doubt be thrilled by the early return of a player who is a real marathon man in the team.
There was further good news, with the improving form of Richie Power and Eoin Larkin, who both played their second games after missing the entire league programme.
The form of both improved, with Power looking particularly sharp for Carrickshock.
His brother, John, sat out the match against James Stephens with an infection in a leg injury, but he should be able to resume shortly and isn't a doubt for the Cats, who open the defence of the Leinster Championship next month.