17 days to rebuild the hurling king - how it was done
Published 28/08/2010 | 05:00
Just 22 minutes into the All-Ireland semi-final, Henry Shefflin's left knee gives way on landing and he looks in agony.
He walks off the pitch unaided but before the match is finished he has already been whisked to a cryotherapy chamber in Wexford and is on crutches.
Shefflin and team-mate Brian Hogan have three more cryotherapy sessions.
Shefflin has an MRI scan and surgeon Tadhg O'Sullivan confirms he has torn the cruciate in his 'good' left knee.
His medical records are forwarded to Limerick sports injury guru Ger Hartmann, who says he can help him recover, without surgery.
Can it be done in time for the All-Ireland final? No one is sure but they believe it is worth a shot.
Shefflin and team-mate John Tennyson (also a cruciate victim) move to Limerick to start intensive treatment with Hartmann.
The first of their two-day blocks of treatment begins.
Shefflin comes off crutches.
A rest day.
Two days of treatment are alternated with one day of rest throughout this week.
Shefflin spends the day, from 8am to 3pm, at the injury clinic before travelling home for a rest day.
Treatment continues and Brian Cody (below) reveals that the pair are trying "to defy medical opinion".
To everyone's amazement, Shefflin and Tennyson both turn up at Kilkenny training and take a full part.
Shefflin returns to Limerick and Cody also visits Hartmann to discuss the player's progress.
Shefflin gets another day's treatment before returning home.
Shefflin will train with Kilkenny today and then continue his rehab at home -- with the All-Ireland final now just eight days away.