BRIAN CODY says he hopes that Jackie Tyrrell's season hasn't been ended by the stress fracture of his foot on which he underwent an operation yesterday, though he confirmed that his most experienced player would miss next Sunday week's All-Ireland semi-final with Waterford.
In addition, the Kilkenny manager ruled Richie Power out and said he was unsure of Michael Fennelly's involvement.
"It's hard to know how long the thing will take after the operation but they're talking about three or four weeks for certain," Cody explained.
"Hopefully ... obviously we're all thinking of his hurling career ... that his hurling season doesn't end next Sunday week.
"Whether we win or lose, he has club matches to fulfill as well. So we just hope that he gets back as soon as he can.
"Everybody is hoping that he'll get back as quickly as possible. But again, it's an operation so we just don't know.
"It depends on how the thing proceeds. The healing process takes place afterwards."
Of Power, who hasn't played this season due to a knee injury, Cody conceded: "Richie is not in the frame. Richie has had a really interrupted season this year.
"He has had no game time, virtually, at all. He's putting in terrific work behind the scenes and he's really determined and that."
Fennelly, meanwhile, has suffered back problems and missed the Leinster final after starring in Kilkenny's big win over Wexford in the previous round.
"He's not back in training yet either at all," Cody explained.
"His training has been limited to just non hurling. Just trying to get to the stage where he can get back taking part.
"Whether he can be involved, I just don't know."