Kilkenny left sweating as Reid awaits medics' verdict
Published 10/06/2014 | 02:30
Kilkenny remain confident that TJ Reid's knee injury that he suffered in last Saturday's clash against Offaly is not too serious, but they are awaiting medical confirmation.
There was immediate alarm when the Ballyhale star, who still won the man of the match award, limped off after taking a blow to his knee in the late stages of the overwhelming defeat of the Faithful County.
The Shamrocks man suffered a broken kneecap in the 2012 replayed All-Ireland final, but Kilkenny sources have indicated that the latest injury was to the side of his knee and does not look too serious.
Elsewhere, the first round of the All-Ireland football qualifiers has thrown up a lot of novel pairings and unwanted memories for Derry.
Two years ago the Oak Leafers were dumped out of the first round by Longford in a shock result at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park and they have been drawn to meet them again. However, the Division 1 finalists, ousted from Ulster by Donegal, are expected to have the home venue this time.
Both sides had home advantage in qualifier games last year which means that the 'first out of the hat' rule will apply to their pairing, and Derry were drawn first.
The qualifiers are split into two sections this year and, also in Section A, there are two unusual pairings of Laois against Fermanagh and Limerick facing London. Louth have arguably received the toughest draw of all as they face the loser of Monaghan/Tyrone in Section B.
The games have provisionally been fixed for Saturday, June 21 (Section A) and Saturday, June 28 (Section B) but dates, times and venues have still to be confirmed.
The battle between Christy Ring winners Kildare and Westmeath for a place in the 2015 Liam MacCarthy Cup takes place in Tullamore on Saturday (2.00pm).
The promotion play-off between Sligo and Longford to get into the 2015 Nicky Rackard Cup is in Ballinamore on Saturday (2.00pm).
All-Ireland Qualifiers, round one draw: Section A (June 21 provisionally): Derry v Longford; Laois v Fermanagh; Limerick v London, Wicklow v Offaly. Section B (June 28 provisionally): Louth v Monaghan/Tyrone; Cavan v Westmeath; Down v Leitrim; Carlow/Meath v Clare/Waterford.