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Friday 22 September 2017

Henry Shefflin: 'I'm unlikely to be fit for Kilkenny Leinster hurling opener'

Henry Shefflin is likely to be ruled out of the Kilkenny's opening tie against Offaly. Photo: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Henry Shefflin is likely to be ruled out of the Kilkenny's opening tie against Offaly. Photo: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Henry Shefflin admits he is unlikely to see action for Kilkenny against Offaly in the opening round of the Leinster hurling championship on Sunday June 8.

Shefflin sustained another stress fracture on his left foot which will remain in a special boot until he returns to his surgeon on Friday of next week.

But the nine time All-Ireland medal winner accepts that it will be "hard" to make the Nowlan Park fixture with this latest setback.

"I am back to him on Friday week so I'm not saying I am definitely gone. But more than likely it's going to be very hard to see me back for the first round, to be truthful about it," said Shefflin who was a guest at the launch of the Centra sponsorship of the GAA hurling championships in Croke Park this morning.

Shefflin first fractured a bone in his left foot in a club match in December 2012 and struggled through last season as he suffered a number of setbacks, including a stress fracture in the same area almost 12 months ago.

He played the recent league final against Tipperary but only began to really notice soreness in the foot on the Wednesday after that game.

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