Sunday 16 December 2018

Kilkenny leave door open for Tyrrell's final return

Gaelic games

Kilkenny's Jackie Tyrrell may be making a dramatic return to the side
Kilkenny's Jackie Tyrrell may be making a dramatic return to the side
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Brian Cody has left the door open for Jackie Tyrrell to make a dramatic return to the Kilkenny side for Sunday week's All-Ireland final clash with Galway.

Tyrrell is recovering from a stress fracture in his foot picked up in the build-up to the All-Ireland semi-final win over Waterford.

And while he has yet to return to full training, Cody is keeping an open mind on the eight-time All-Ireland winner's participation.

"He has a stress fracture and he missed out on the semi-final the last day, and he has been in a boot for a few weeks," he explained. "He's out of it now and it depends on how he recovers from that and we're not ruling him in or ruling him out at the moment. He's just working his way back now and we're hoping he can get back running and can get back doing everything he needs to do quickly, but that remains to be seen. But right now it's just that we don't know.

"We've an open mind on it, he's kept himself (well), he's worked away in the gym, his fitness levels are massive anyway so fitness won't be a problem for Jackie at all.

"It's a question of whether the injury will have healed sufficiently to allow him to do what he has to do, or what he needs to do."

Star forward Richie Power hasn't featured for Kilkenny at all this year but he has made significant progress on his knee problem since the Waterford game.

"His ability to partake in training has picked up since the semi-final," Cody said. "He's had a tough year, no doubt about that. Could have come into the reckoning? He could, yeah."

Cody also confirmed that they have no fears regarding Eoin Larkin's damaged thumb and otherwise reported a clean bill of health.

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