Sunday 22 April 2018

Hogan in race to be fit for Leinster final, admits Reid

Kilkenny’s TJ Reid Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Kilkenny’s TJ Reid Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Kilkenny star Richie Hogan remains a major doubt for Sunday week's Leinster SHC final clash with Galway after team-mate TJ Reid revealed he has yet to return to hurling just over a week out from the game.

Hogan broke his hand while on club duty with Danesfort against Reid's Ballyhale Shamrocks last month and having missed out on the win over Dublin, he faces a race against time to see action against the Tribesmen.

"Richie's training away, doing all the runs, doing all the physical work but he hasn't hurled though he's pucked around, alright. It's still early days though, there's another week and a half," Reid said as Herbalife announced a sponsorship deal with both Reid and League of Ireland outfit Shamrock Rovers.

And Reid warned that no one can expect to walk back into the Kilkenny team, even a former Hurler of the Year such as Hogan.


"The six forwards hurled very well the last day so he'll have to fight for his place again but that's just the nature of Kilkenny.

"Just because we won so much, you can't be just brought back into the team.

"He'll have to be 100pc right before he's playing, anyway, but he'll be a major boost to the team.

"He's back training and might be back. It's still 50-50. He did break a bone in the hand that he holds the hurl with so there could be a lot of strength missing in the wrist as well.

"If he's right, it would be great to have him. If not, we'll just have to soldier on without him."

Despite the convincing win over Dublin, Reid insists the Cats can be caught on a given day. "Clare this year in the league semi-final, maybe our attitude wasn't fully right and Clare beat us off the field. Any day you go out with the wrong attitude or with the wrong thinking, that's the day you'll get caught. Our preparation is 100pc and our preparation is going well so hopefully we can perform to our best."

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