Monday 20 November 2017

Power and Tyrrell set to feature in Cats' final squad

Gaelic games

Injured Kilkenny players Jackie Tyrell, left, and Richie Power are set to feature in the final squad
Injured Kilkenny players Jackie Tyrell, left, and Richie Power are set to feature in the final squad
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Kilkenny look set to name Richie Power in a squad for the first time this season ahead of their All-Ireland final with Galway, while Jackie Tyrrell is also back in contention after missing the All-Ireland semi-final win over Waterford.

Tyrrell picked up a stress fracture in his foot in July and required surgery to repair the damage. But he has been back training in recent weeks and, while not expected to start, he is an option off the bench for Brian Cody.

Power has not featured at all this year as he battled with continuous knee problems but, like Tyrrell, he has made progress in recent weeks and provides options if required.

Cody is expected to name an unchanged team tonight for what is his 16th All-Ireland final, including replays, as a manager. That means first All-Ireland final starts for Shane Prendergast and Ger Aylward.

Eoin Larkin's preparations were thrown into some disarray with a thumb injury but he was wearing strapping during Wednesday night's open session and is expected to be selected.

Both Richie Hogan and Michael Fennelly were doubtful for the Waterford games because of back injuries but came through strongly and played leading roles.

Meanwhile, Dublin's Diarmuid Connolly took a case to the Central Appeals Committee last night after a hearing on Wednesday night failed to overturn his one-match ban arising out of his red card against Mayo on Sunday.

The GAA's CAC deal with technical issues around the suspension. If Dublin's appeal fails, they are expected to take their case to the Disputes Resolution Authority.

Irish Independent

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