Cats star Power set to return for Offaly clash
KILKENNY hurlers could be boosted by the return of Richie Power for the final-round Allianz Hurling League clash with Offaly at Nowlan Park on Sunday week.
Power hasn't figured in the league campaign so far, having been sidelined with a hip injury since last year's All-Ireland final defeat by Tipperary.
The 2010 All Star full-forward underwent surgery on his problem in January and he is pleased with the rate of his recovery he has been making in recent weeks.
"I've been making good progress since I had the operation and especially in the last few weeks," said the Carrickshock clubman.
"I haven't yet got back to full training, but I've been attending the sessions with the lads and I'm gradually doing more and more.
"The plan is that I will play some part in the game against Offaly and with that still 10 days away, hopefully things will work out for me in that regard."
All-Ireland club hurling champions Clarinbridge are looking for a new manager, with Micheál Donoghue deciding to step down after two years at the helm.
Donoghue, who skippered Clarinbridge to their only other county title in 2001, cited family and work commitments as the reason behind his leaving the role.
Meanwhile, Mickey Harte has rejected reports that Tyrone's All Star defender Philip Jordan is set to retire from county football.
"That's not true regarding his retirement. It's an internet thing at the minute, there's no other story to it. He's fit and ready to go next weekend," said the manager.
Jordan, Tyrone's only current All Star, made his first appearance of the season as a 54th minute substitute in last Sunday's Allianz Football League Division 2 win over Louth.
The 31-year-old had just recently returned to full training after undergoing surgery on a hip problem.
It's understood that efforts are being made to keep Jordan on board with Tyrone.