Thursday 14 December 2017

Cats star Walsh to miss league finale

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

TOMMY Walsh looks likely to be sidelined for the remainder of the Allianz Hurling League campaign and JJ Delaney is expected to miss out next weekend at least as Kilkenny's injury crisis escalates.

Both men got injured against Waterford last weekend, and while the extent of Delaney's hamstring injury is not yet confirmed, the shoulder injury of Walsh (right), which is the same as that being experienced by team-mate Michael Rice, is expected to rule him out for more than a month.

Their loss further weakens a severely depleted squad which is still joint top of Division 1 with Galway and faces third-placed Dublin in Croke Park on Saturday.

Selector Martin Fogarty believes expectations on the Cats, given their recent spate of injuries, are unrealistic.

"People aren't happy with results, but they don't realise that we have maybe 10 first-choice players missing," he said. "We're expected to go out and beat Waterford convincingly, it's off the wall."

Jackie Tyrrell, Henry Shefflin, John Tennyson, Richie Power and Rice were already on the injury list, and the Cats were also without Michael Fennelly (back spasm) and Cha Fitzpatrick (tonsillitis) last weekend.

Elsewhere, Cork footballer Colm O'Neill will find out on Thursday the extent of the damage he suffered against Galway. O'Neill is to have a second scan on the knee with fears that he has suffered cruciate ligament damage. Cork may have John Miskella back for Sunday's trip to Mayo but Graham Canty and Alan Quirke are still a long way from full fitness.

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