Monday 5 December 2016

Kilkenny star ruled out of Dubs clash - and may miss Leinster final too

Published 25/05/2016 | 02:30

Kilkenny will be without Richie Hogan for their Leinster semi-final against Dublin
Kilkenny will be without Richie Hogan for their Leinster semi-final against Dublin

Kilkenny will be without Richie Hogan for their Leinster semi-final against Dublin, and the former Hurler of the Year may be a doubt for a Leinster final too if the Cats qualify.

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It has emerged that Hogan broke a bone in his hand in a club match with Danesfort last weekend.

The extent of the damage will be assessed by a specialist in Dublin on Friday and if surgery is required it could put him out of action for more than the six weeks required to heal the break.

Hogan sustained the injury in the first half of the game against Ballyhale Shamrocks and played on but was eventually forced to retire in the third quarter.

Kilkenny are due to play Dublin on Saturday, June 11 in Portlaoise.

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Michael Fennelly, one of five players to miss the League semi-final loss to Clare, also picked up a slight hamstring strain but he is still expected to make the Dublin match.

Promising

Meanwhile, Kildare will be without promising midfielder Kevin Feely for their Leinster semi-final against the winners of Offaly and Westmeath after it was established that he dislocated his AC joint.

Feely was injured in the last quarter of Kildare's opening-round victory over Wexford in Croke Park on Saturday night.It is anticipated that he will be out of action for six to eight weeks, a period of time that encompasses the provincial semi-finals.

Feely was a key figure for Kildare during their promotion push to Division 2 of the NFL and had anchored himself in a midfield partnership with Tommy Moolick since returning to Gaelic football following a professional soccer career.

Kildare will, however, have Daniel Flynn, Niall Kelly and Cathal McNally back for their next match. Flynn and Kelly missed the closing stages of the League with hamstring and calf injuries respectively.

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