Saturday 7 December 2019

I have no idea when I'll be back, admits stricken Shefflin

Henry Shefflin
Henry Shefflin

Kilkenny hurling star Henry Shefflin is on the way back after a six-month injury-enforced absence, but when and where he might make a return he has no idea.

The eight-time All-Ireland medal winner won't be part of the panel for Sunday's National League final against Cork, but he might make the opening game in the Leinster championship on June 23.

"I am not going to go back playing unless I am right," Shefflin insisted. "I don't think I could face another long lay-off if I got injured again."

During the past four years the Ballyhale Shamrocks man has suffered two severed cruciates on top of his latest injury -- torn cartilage in his left shoulder -- which required surgery.

In all, he has spent nearly 18 months in rehabilitation during this period.

"I don't know at the minute when I might be able to return," Shefflin revealed. "I haven't done enough work to know. When I take a few knocks on the training field I will have a better idea."

The 33-year-old admitted he has been pucking the ball about with club and county colleagues, but it has all been non-contact stuff.

"I need heavier work," he insisted. "I need contact and matches. I am not getting as much as I would like. I have done all the strength and conditioning work in the gym and so on. I need match practice now. I am getting closer, but I would want to be at this stage," he explained.

"The year is getting on. It is May. I have a bit more experience of injuries than I would ever have wanted. If I got a couple of weeks of good training and felt good, I would definitely be in with a chance," he said of the possibility of making the Leinster semi-final.

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