Fennelly and Murphy set to miss start of Kilkenny's campaign
Kilkenny received the shock news last night that former All-Star defender Paul Murphy and attacker Colin Fennelly could miss most of the Round Robin series in the Leinster senior hurling championship.
The pair are currently on a peace-keeping mission in South Lebanon, but an Army source has confirmed that the party is not due home until May, potentially in the middle of the month.
Kilkenny manager Brian Cody confirmed after Monday's Allianz League quarter-final win over Offaly that the pair would miss the rest of that competition but had hoped they might be returning home in April.
Murphy and Fennelly now look set to miss the Leinster games against Dublin (May 13) and Offaly (May 20).
The Cats face All-Ireland champions Galway on May 27, which would leave the pair with little time to regain match sharpness.
Kilkenny's next game is against Wexford on June 9, which might give Murphy and Fennelly time to stake their claim for starting spots.