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Fennelly ready to step back into action

DUBLIN hopes of springing an upset in Portlaoise on Sunday have been dealt a potentially brutal blow with Michael Fennelly now set to play at least some role after completing a full session at Kilkenny training last night.

The 2011 Hurler of the Year suffered an ankle injury in club action last month and sat out Kilkenny's opening Leinster SHC win in Tullamore almost two weeks ago but could now be primed for a recall after proving his fitness this week.

Fennelly's most recent appearance was a Man of the Match performance in the League final in Nowlan Park, when he blasted two goals from centre-forward.

With Lester Ryan and Michael Rice forming a strong midfield partnership in recent weeks, the the Ballyhale clubman could, if selected, line out at number 11 again this Sunday.

Jackie Tyrrell, however, is unlikely to play as he continues to battle a quad injury sustained against Offaly, while Henry Shefflin is definitely out and misses a Championship match for just the second time in 15 seasons.



FORMER Cavan senior footballer Anthony Gaynor has been banned for 20-weeks after an incident in which it was alleged that an opponent was bitten.

Former Cavan Under 21 Simon Cadden suffered an injury to his ear during a League match between his club Ramor United and Ballinagh back in May which required medical treatment and his father Jim has now called on the GAA to introduce a specific rule which bans players found guilty of biting for a year.