Saturday 20 January 2018

hogan ruled out as cats' injury jinx strikes again

KILKENNY'S recent injury jinx has struck again with confirmation last night that centre-back Brian Hogan will definitely miss the All-Ireland SHC final after being hit by a second problem in the past three weeks, WRITES CLIONA FOLEY.

The O'Loughlin Gaels star was forced out of the All-Ireland semi-final with a shoulder injury but had been restored to full fitness.

Yet when he returned to county training on Wednesday night, Hogan picked up a broken finger and Kilkenny have now verified that it is serious enough to force him out against Tipperary.

John Tennyson, like Henry Shefflin, is trying to make a remarkably quick recovery from a cruciate injury but is believed to only have an outside shot of making it.

If Tennyson also misses out then James Ryall, who took over from Hogan against Cork, is his likeliest replacement.

Elsewhere, Jack O'Connor is expected to be re-appointed as Kerry senior football manager for a new three-year term at a county board meeting on Monday.

It's believed that former Kerry defensive star Seamus Moynihan will replace outgoing selector Eamonn Fitzmaurice.

Cavan have confirmed that Val Andrews and Terry Hyland will be joint managers of their senior footballers for the next three years.

Hyland was part of Andrews' back-room team during his previous spell in charge of the Breffni county, 1998-2001, the last time they reached the Ulster final.

The Ballymun man has since managed the Louth seniors and was manager of Dublin's minor footballers this season.

Hyland guided Cavan to this year's Ulster U-21 final, where they lost to Donegal. The duo will replace Tommy Carr.

Irish Independent

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