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Cody: Shefflin is fit enough to play full 70 minutes


Brian Cody

Brian Cody

Brian Cody

HENRY Shefflin is fit and capable of playing a full role Kilkenny's 
All-Ireland SHC final against Tipperary on Sunday, September 7th, according to Brian Cody.

Shefflin (pictured), chasing a record 10th All-Ireland title, hasn't started a game since the League final victory over Tipperary back in April after suffering a recurrence of a stress fracture of his foot, the injury 
which hampered him in 2013.

He was brought on for Mark Kelly after 52 minutes in Kilkenny's dramatic semi-final win over Limerick, but speaking at a press night ahead of the All-Ireland final last night said, Cody was adamant that Shefflin could start - and finish - the decider if selected.

"For certain, he has 70 minutes in him," Cody insisted.

"He has 73 or 74 minutes in him. He most definitely has. He's fit. He's in great shape. There is no doubt about that."

Asked whether the psychological impact Shefflin's introduction 
as a substitute for both 
the Kilkenny support 
and team was a factor 
in his final selection decision, Cody replied: "To be honest, no.

"I don't think along those lines. The team that will be picked is the team that we think is the best team to start. Whoever comes on, comes on.

"Obviously there is huge speculation about Henry. His career has leant itself to that. But from our point of view, we have a panel of players.

"No player is in a category to anyone else. And that's the way it has to be from a team point of view," Cody added. "Nobody appreciates that more than Henry himself.