Thursday 22 February 2018

17 days to rebuild the hurling king - how it was done

August 8

Just 22 minutes into the All-Ireland semi-final, Henry Shefflin's left knee gives way on landing and he looks in agony.

He walks off the pitch unaided but before the match is finished he has already been whisked to a cryotherapy chamber in Wexford and is on crutches.

August 9

Shefflin and team-mate Brian Hogan have three more cryotherapy sessions.

August 10

Shefflin has an MRI scan and surgeon Tadhg O'Sullivan confirms he has torn the cruciate in his 'good' left knee.

August 11

His medical records are forwarded to Limerick sports injury guru Ger Hartmann, who says he can help him recover, without surgery.

Can it be done in time for the All-Ireland final? No one is sure but they believe it is worth a shot.

August 12

Shefflin and team-mate John Tennyson (also a cruciate victim) move to Limerick to start intensive treatment with Hartmann.

August 13

The first of their two-day blocks of treatment begins.

August 14

Shefflin comes off crutches.

August 15

A rest day.

August 16--20

Two days of treatment are alternated with one day of rest throughout this week.

August 21

Shefflin spends the day, from 8am to 3pm, at the injury clinic before travelling home for a rest day.

August 23-24

Treatment continues and Brian Cody (below) reveals that the pair are trying "to defy medical opinion".

August 25

To everyone's amazement, Shefflin and Tennyson both turn up at Kilkenny training and take a full part.

August 26

Shefflin returns to Limerick and Cody also visits Hartmann to discuss the player's progress.

August 27

Shefflin gets another day's treatment before returning home.

August 28

Shefflin will train with Kilkenny today and then continue his rehab at home -- with the All-Ireland final now just eight days away.

Irish Independent

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