Wednesday 25 April 2018

Larkin returns but Cats injury woes continue

Eoin Larkin (SPORTSFILE)
Eoin Larkin (SPORTSFILE)

Michael Verney

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.

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