Injury boost for Cats as Buckley and Maher return
There was finally some good news for Kilkenny on the injury front with the news that James Maher made a surprise return to action for his club St Lachtains on Wednesday night.
Maher had been expected to miss all of the Leinster SHC for the Cats with a leg injury but he came on at half-time in an Intermediate Hurling League clash with Tullaroan.
Brian Cody was also handed a boost after Cillian Buckley came through the hour with Dicksboro in their narrow defeat to a Richie Hogan-led Danesfort. However Colin Fennelly didn't play for Ballyhale in their defeat to James Stephens after tweaking his hamstring in the first half of last weekend's win over Carlow.
The Cats have suffered some high-profile injuries with All-Star goalkeeper Eoin Murphy struggling for fitness, while along with Fennelly, Alan Murphy and Walter Walsh were forced off in the Carlow game.
Elsewhere, Mayo have made three changes for tomorrow night's Connacht semi-final clash with Roscommon in Elvery's MacHale Park at 7.0. James Horan brings captain Diarmuid O'Connor back into the side at wing-forward, while Chris Barrett and Michael Plunkett come into the defence at right corner-back and centre-back respectively. Colm Boyle, James McCormack and James Carr miss out with Rob Hennelly continuing in goals. Roscommon have remained unchanged from the side that beat Leitrim last time out with Cathal Cregg captaining the side from centre-forward.
Mayo (SF v Roscommon) - R Hennelly; C Barrett, B Harrison, K Higgins; P Durcan, M Plunkett, L Keegan; M Ruane, A O'Shea; F Boland, J Doherty, D O'Connor; E Regan, D Coen, K McLoughlin.
Roscommon (v Mayo) - D O'Malley; D Murray, S Mullooly, C Daly; N Daly, C Hussey, R Daly; T O'Rourke, S Killoran; H Darcy, C Cregg, N Kilroy; U Harney, C Cox, D Murtagh.