Monday 17 June 2019

Buckley set for further spell on sideliness

Cillian Buckley. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Cillian Buckley. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Cillian Buckley looks set to miss the opening rounds of Kilkenny's Division 1 league campaign with speculation mounting that last year's skipper may have to go under the knife.

Buckley played through the pain barrier last summer with a serious knee problem, with the Dicksboro defender subsequently sitting out club fixtures with just one competitive appearance under his belt in the past six months.

Buckley's injury is understood to have failed to respond positively to an extended period of inactivity and the next steps are unclear.

Pádraig Walsh is another on the sidelines with a knee injury and he will miss this Sunday's Walsh Cup semi-final against Wexford.

The Tullaroan defender has been inactive for weeks and looks likely to miss the early league rounds having undergone a series of injections which have brought about a significant improvement to see him back running again.

Cody has an extended squad in pre-season training but former All-Star attacker Ger Aylward is understood to have suffered a finger injury which will see him out for a number of weeks.

Bill Sheehan is also set to undergo a wrist operation in the near future and the Dicksboro forward is likely miss the majority of the league.

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