Richie Power set to miss out with knee injury as Kilkenny launch Leinster title defence
Richie Power looks likely to miss Kilkenny's opening championship game against Wexford on Sunday as he struggles to overcome a knee injury.
There are concerns that Power may also miss the Leinster final, should Kilkenny advance that far, or a second-round qualifier in early July.
Power has been limited to club activity since last year's All-Ireland final replay when he turned the screw on Tipperary with an impressive display.
The Carrickshock ace sustained knee ligament damage in last year's drawn Leinster semi-final against Galway, forcing him out for almost two months, and his return provided a big lift for the Cats in the All-Ireland final.
Kilkenny are expected to have everyone else available as they launch the defence of their Leinster title.
TJ Reid has overcome a shoulder injury while Michael Fennelly has shaken off his latest back injury that continues to plague him. He returned to training last week.
Fennelly missed the Leinster semi-finals against Galway and the final against Dublin due to a similar injury last summer.
Michael Rice is also available having missed last season with a cruciate injury. He played in a challenge against Limerick and has also taken part in club games as part of his rehabilitation.
Captain Joey Holden is expected to take over as full-back from JJ Delaney when the team is announced.
Meanwhile, Monaghan have suffered a major blow with reports that full-back Drew Wylie is out for the season with a suspected cruciate injury.