Fennelly career under threat
Michael Fennelly's stellar inter-county career is under threat after it was confirmed that he ruptured his Achilles tendon in Saturday's All-Ireland semi-final replay against Waterford.
The powerhouse midfielder pulled up sharply in the second half and now faces an eight-month spell on the sidelines with immediate surgery to repair the damage.
Given his recurring back and ankle trouble, this latest setback, one of the most severe injuries in sport, could bring Fennelly's career to an end.
Kilkenny GAA confirmed that he will miss the All-Ireland final because of the injury.
His influence for the All-Ireland champions has been immense over the last few years, particularly in games against Tipperary, with his impact in the 2014 replay central to Kilkenny regaining their Liam MacCarthy crown.