Power and Larkin get back in action for clubs
There was good news for Kilkenny hurling manager Brian Cody when the local senior hurling league swung into action at the weekend.
Eoin Larkin (James Stephens) and Richie Power (Carrickshock) who missed the entire League campaign, returned to action after long-term injuries.
Both looked a bit ring-rusty, but with two more rounds of local games planned before the Cats open the defence of the Leinster Championship in June, the returning players have plenty of time to sharpen up.
Former All-Star Michael Rice (Carrickshock) and All-Ireland final midfielder Conor Fogarty (Erin's Own), who broke a bone in his leg in the opening league match against Cork, sat out the action but might be ready to resume in the next round on May 15.
Meanwhile, Tipperary's Kieran Bergin suffered a fresh injury setback yesterday while it was confirmed that corner back Cathal Barrett will miss the Premier County's semi-final against Waterford next Sunday.
Bergin, who sustained ankle ligament damage in the League quarter-final victory over Offaly, came on for Killenaule at half-time against Éire Óg Annacarty but went off in the second half with a hand injury and was due to undergo X-rays last night.