Murphy to miss Leinster campaign while Naomh Colmcille spared ban
Kilkenny boss Brian Cody has been dealt a hammer blow with goalkeeper Eoin Murphy set to miss the entire Leinster SHC after being ruled out for a further six weeks with a knee injury.
Two-time All-Star 'keeper Murphy limped out of club action for Glenmore two weeks ago and has been ruled out of the provincial campaign with Cody left short-handed ahead of their opener against Dublin next Saturday.
The 28-year-old should be fit to resume action should the Cats make it out of Leinster but a daunting task awaits with Cody already without last year's skipper Cillian Buckley, full-back Conor Delaney and James Maher while Richie Hogan's availability is in doubt.
There is now a battle on to fill the No 1 shirt with Richie Reid, Darren Brennan and Murphy's younger brother Alan all vying for the spot but it will be difficult to fill his influential boots.
Meanwhile, Donegal GAA club Naomh Colmcille have been spared an eight-week suspension for hosting an 'unauthorised tournament' - a fundraiser in aid of stricken club member Paul Dillon - but they were handed a €500 fine and lose 'home venue for all adult games' for 12 weeks.