Power's worst fears allayed after knee scan
Kilkenny have been handed a boost of sorts with news that star forward Richie Power has not suffered cruciate ligament damage after all.
Power may now only be out for between six to eight weeks after sustaining cartilage damage, a scan in Ardkeen hospital in Waterford revealed yesterday.
He is expected to have corrective surgery later today and may be available for the Leinster semi-final, against Dublin, Carlow or Laois, on June 23.
Power, arguably Kilkenny's most influential forward over the last season and a half, did the damage while playing for his club Carrickshock on Saturday night.
With Aidan Fogarty breaking a bone in his wrist last week, it compounded a bad week on that front for the All-Ireland champions.
With Richie Hogan also out since picking up a serious injury against Galway in the league, their attacking options were diminishing.
But the fact that Power should be available around the time of the Leinster semi-final will be a relief after some of the injuries they have suffered in recent seasons.
Henry Shefflin is getting closer to full fitness after his shoulder operation and may be on the bench for Kilkenny against Cork in Sunday's Allianz NHL Division 1 final.