Friday 23 August 2019

Cats star Hogan in fitness battle

Kilkenny hurler Richie Hogan. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Kilkenny hurler Richie Hogan. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Former Hurler of the Year Richie Hogan faces a battle to be fit to play with Kilkenny in the Leinster hurling championship.

The Danesfort attacker saw little action during the league as he rested a long-standing back injury.

However, yesterday he lasted just over 20 minutes when playing with Danesfort in the opening round of the Kilkenny senior league against Erin's Own (Castlecomer).

The Cats are not due to face Dublin until May 11 in the Leinster Round Robin series. The fact the 30-year-old pulled up so early would suggest he faces a battle against the clock to get the injury right.

Meanwhile, there was a shock in the Kilkenny SHC on Saturday in Callan as current All-Ireland club champions Ballyhale were defeated, Henry Shefflin's men going down to Clara by four points, 2-22 to 3-15.

Elsewhere, Darren Hughes is a fitness concern for Monaghan boss Malachy O'Rourke after he injured his ankle playing for his club Scotstown yesterday. He is due to undergo a scan today. Monaghan face Cavan in their Ulster championship opener on May 18.

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