Thursday 26 April 2018

Fennelly injury worry

Rising Kilkenny star Colin Fennelly faces a battle to be fit for the All-Ireland hurling final on September 4.

The Ballyhale Shamrocks attacker pulled up with what appeared to be a serious hamstring injury during a senior league game on Saturday.

The early indications were that the 23-year-old would be sidelined for weeks.

Fennelly forced his way into the Kilkenny team during the National League this season and featured in the final against Dublin. He also played in the subsequent three championship games.

There were only about five minutes left in the game when Fennelly pulled up with the injury. He fell to the ground in serious pain and had to be carried off the pitch.

He was then brought by car to the cryotherapy centre in Wexford, but he faces an anxious wait over the next few days before the injury can be fully assessed.

Elsewhere, former All Star Michael Rice was a spectator when his club, Carrickshock, suffered a bad defeat against James Stephens in the league.

Rice picked up a rib injury in the All-Ireland semi-final win over Waterford but he should be fit to resume training by the end of the week.

Kilkenny defender John Dalton also missed that Carrickshock game after being involved in an accident earlier in the day. He should resume training within the week.

Irish Independent

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