Larkin returns but Cats injury woes continue
Kilkenny's injury woes show no sign of abating with promising forward James Maher set for a substantial time on the sidelines after breaking his kneecap on Saturday.
The St Lachtains attacker made a name for himself when firing four points from play against Tipperary during the year's League campaign but a farming accident means he will struggle to feature again in 2016.
Maher required surgery and the insertion of two screws; it is another blow for Brian Cody's injury-ravaged squad, with Richie Power recently retiring due to persistent knee problems and cruciate victim Ger Aylward already out for the season.
Their easy defeat of Offaly also came at a massive cost with the Fennelly brothers, Michael and Colin, along with Robert Lennon picking up hamstring knocks, while Paul Murphy damaged his shoulder and faces at least a few weeks out of action.
It's not all doom and gloom, with Conor Fogarty back in training while the Cats are boosted by the return of Eoin Larkin from a six-month tour of duty with the Defence Forces in Syria.
The eight-time All-Ireland winner will not be available for this Sunday's eagerly-awaited Allianz HL semi-final with Clare in Semple Stadium, however, as he intends to travel abroad for a week before rejoining full training.