Foley blames overtraining after second hip operation
RICHIE Foley will miss the rest of Waterford's National Hurling league campaign after undergoing major surgery for a second successive year – and the Abbeyside man feels over-training may be at the root of his injury nightmare.
Foley's 2012 league campaign was wiped out after he went under the knife to sort out a hip problem and in a cruel twist of fate, a similar problem flared up in his other hip after Christmas.
The 25-year-old was operated on last Friday and will be ruled out for up to three months.
"It's the buzz injury at the moment. Maurice Shanahan had his two hips done in December, Pauric Mahony had surgery last year, (Kilkenny's) Richie Power had his two hips done, Eoin McGrath and Declan Prendergast too when they were with Waterford.
"It's from over-training and one of the main reasons why lads get it is because there is a percentage of players born with an extra layer of bone in the hip, which aggravates the hip joint," he said.
"Coming back early is possible, but I'd rather be patient."
That leaves Foley facing a race against time to be ready for the Deise's Munster SHC quarter-final against Clare on June 2 and Foley admits he's unlikely to feature.
He said: "I'd like to be on the panel for the Clare game, which I probably will be, but I don't expect to make the starting team.
"I began this year very well. I was flying fit, playing a few games, scoring from midfield. My form was back, but I felt this thing niggling away at me. I was in denial up to two or three weeks ago when I knew that I had to get the thing sorted or I'd miss the whole year.
"I'll work my way back over the next nine or 10 weeks, work on my fitness and sharpness and then try to bust my way back in."
Foley described the criticism of Waterford before a ball was pucked this year as "mad."
"There was a lot of doubt and criticism in Waterford and we hadn't even a game played. It was mad. We lost to UL in the Waterford Crystal, but that was our first game of the year."