Kilkenny face injury crisis for Déise clash
Brian Cody will be without three of his most experienced stars for Kilkenny's All-Ireland semi-final clash with Waterford as Jackie Tyrrell, Richie Power and Mick Fennelly are all set to miss out.
Tyrrell went under the knife yesterday after he sustained a stress fracture in his foot in training with Cody agreeing he will be a significant loss to the full-back line.
"He's huge," said the Cats boss.
"You just have to look at his record and his experience as well. He brings a huge amount to the thing. But that's it. He's not going to be a part of it and that's unfortunate.
"He didn't even roll on it, to be honest. He just was running in a straight line. It's a stress fracture. He didn't get a bang or anything. He just was hit with an immediate pain and that was it."
Power hasn't played Championship this year while Fennelly's back trouble continues to hamper his career.
The Ballyhale man played against Wexford in the Leinster semi-final but missed the provincial decider with a groin injury that medics believe is linked.
"Richie is not in the frame," Cody explained. "He has had a really interrupted season this year. He has had no game time, virtually, at all.
"He's putting in terrific work behind the scenes and he's really determined and that.
"He deserves great credit for the way he's going at it. He's getting setbacks along the way. He's definitely ruled out for the next game.
"He's not back in training yet either at all. He played against Wexford and played very, very well against them.
"He missed the Galway match and since then, his training has been limited to just non-hurling. Just trying to get to the stage where he can get back taking part. Whether he can be involved, I just don't know."