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Paul Murphy and Colin Fennelly return from Lebanon to boost Kilkenny's All Ireland hopes

 

Colin Fennelly and (inset) Paul Murphy are back for the Cats
Colin Fennelly and (inset) Paul Murphy are back for the Cats
Kilkenny's Paul Murphy. Photo: Sportsfile

Michael Verney

Brian Cody has received a huge boost ahead of the upcoming Leinster SHC with Paul Murphy and Colin Fennelly returning from their tour of duty in Lebanon and set to rejoin the Kilkenny fold early next week.

The Army pair have not featured for the Cats since their qualifier defeat to Waterford last July and having claimed league honours last Sunday, their presence will create even more competition within Cody's squad.

Both could see club action this weekend with Fennelly an option for new Ballyhale Shamrocks boss Henry Shefflin in his first competitive game at the helm in the Kilkenny SHL today while four-time All-Star defender Murphy  is expected to line out for Danesfort.

There isn't such good news for Richie Hogan, however, with the 2014 Hurler of The Year understood to have met with a setback in his recovery from a long-standing back injury.

Hogan is struggling to shake off the back spasms which affected his performances last season and is in a race against time to feature in the Leinster SHC.

Kilkenny open their campaign on May 13 with a trip to Parnell Park to face Pat Gilroy's Dublin with Murphy and Fennelly likely to see action as they face four games in five weeks.

Irish Independent

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