Wednesday 17 January 2018

Cody content for Cats to risk club action

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

DESPITE having lost Henry Shefflin and John Tennyson to injury, Kilkenny will proceed with a full round of club championship fixtures at the weekend involving most of the inter-county panel.

Brian Cody will maintain an anxious vigil as he awaits reports from the various venues but, despite the risks involved, he fully supports the decision to proceed with club games just three weeks before the All-Ireland final.

While many counties abandon their championships for several weeks in order to protect their inter-county players, Kilkenny continue with their policy of slotting in games between the All-Ireland semi-final and final.

"I'm perfectly happy to see the county players play with their clubs this weekend," he said.

"In fact, I believe it's good for them to go back to their clubs and get in a game before getting down to work preparing for the All-Ireland final.

"It has stood to us well in the past. It's the clubs who provide the county with the players, not the other way around. Clubs are entitled to a good spread of games. Anyway, players can get injured in training as easily as in games, whether at county or club level."

Irish Independent

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