Richie Hogan returns to Kilkenny squad for first time in 2018 as Cats make three changes to face Galway
Richie Hogan will appear on the bench for Kilkenny for the first time this season on Sunday as Brian Cody's men travel to Salthill to face All-Ireland champions Galway.
Hogan has been sidelined all year with a troublesome back injury, but is now fit enough to be named in the 26-man squad for the Leinster hurling championship round robin tie. There are three changes to the Cats' starting team, with Walter Walsh, James Maher and Enda Morrissey all returning to the fray.
Kilkenny currently top the Leinster table after wins against Dublin and Offaly, but this will be their biggest test to date. Galway beat Offaly in round one, before enjoying a rest week.
The Tribesmen haven't beaten Kilkenny in the championship since the 2012 Leinster final.
The game throws in at 4pm on Sunday.
1 Eoin Murphy Glenmore
2 Enda Morrissey Bennettsbridge
3 Padraig Walsh Tullaroan
4 Paddy Deegan O'Loughlin Gaels
5 Conor Delaney Erin's Own
6 Cillian Buckley Dicksboro
7 Paul Murphy Danesfort
8 Conor Fogarty Erin's Own
9 James Maher St Lachtains
10 Martin Keoghan Tullaroan
11 TJ Reid Ballyhale Shamrocks
12 Liam Blanchfield Bennettsbridge
13 John Donnelly Thomastown
14 Walter Walsh Tullogher Rosbercon
15 Luke Scanlon James Stephens
16 Darren Brennan St Lachtains
17 Joey Holden Ballyhale Shamrocks
18 Conor O'Shea Clara
19 Robert Lennon Bennettsbridge
20 Conor Browne James Stephens
21 Lester Ryan Clara
22 Colin Fennelly Ballyhale Shamrocks
23 Pat Lyng Rower Inistioge
24 Richie Leahy Rower Inistioge
25 Richie Hogan Danesfort
26 Bill Sheehan Dicksboro