'It's not looking good' - Henry Shefflin bemoans Kilkenny's lack of depth
For only the third time in Brian Cody's 18-year tenure as Kilkenny boss, the Cats will not contest the Leinster final and former star Henry Shefflin fears for his county's prospects.
Speaking on The Throw-In podcast this week, John Mullane claimed that opposition sides would now relish the opportunity of taking on the Cats in the qualifiers and Shefflin believes that a lack of squad depth is hurting their chances.
Retirements and injuries mean that the Cats All-Ireland challenge has been blunted and the defeat to Wexford on Saturday, the first to the Model county since 2004, exposed their frailties.
Asked what he made of the weekend result, he told RTE Radio One: "I was a little bit surprised as I thought that Kilkenny would bounce back but unfortunately the better team won on the day.
"It’s not looking good for Kilkenny but I think we need all of our players playing – we have a couple of injuries which we’re carrying at the moment and we just don’t have the panel of players to pick up the slack so that’s where we are and the better team won.
"As a Kilkenny man, we’re very disappointed, of course we are but for the game of hurling, it’s great to see Wexford and the Wexford public out in such numbers out on the field after the game. The hurling championship is alive and well and it should be a great summer."
Kilkenny will be anxiously awaiting next Monday's qualifier draw to see who their next opponents will be in their search to regain the Liam McCarthy Cup.
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