Blow for Kilkenny as Fennelly set to miss league campaign
The Kilkenny hurlers have been dealt a blow with the news that star forward Colin Fennelly is set to miss the Cats' entire league campaign.
Fennelly is set to join an army peace-keeping mission to the Lebanon later this year and isn't expected to return until April next year, meaning he is unlikely to line out for Brian Cody's side until the 2018 championship.
The absence of another experienced performer in Fennelly will come as a blow to Cody as he looks to restore his side to their former glories with the Cats losing a host of big names in recent seasons including Eoin Larkin and Jackie Tyrrell, who stepped away before the 2017 campaign.
Kilkenny struggled for traction this term, going down to Wexford and Waterford in the championship.
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