Saturday 17 March 2018

Kilkenny fret as cruciate fears grow for Tennyson

Jackie Cahill

JOHN Tennyson is a serious injury concern ahead of Kilkenny's All-Ireland hurling semi-final against Cork tomorrow week.

Tennyson, who severed the cruciate ligament in his left knee in 2007, limped out of Kilkenny's training session last Wednesday with damage to the same joint.

There are fears that the Carrickshock clubman has damaged the cruciate ligament again; the injury will be properly assessed once the swelling has subsided.

Since the towering centre-back sustained the injury, he has received cryotherapy treatment in an attempt to reduce swelling.

"John's had the knee problem before so it's an extra worry. He went off in the last few minutes of training. We have to wait until the swelling goes down before making a diagnosis," said Cats selector Martin Fogarty.

"Nobody fell on him or anything like that. We'll just have to wait and see. We're hoping it's nothing major and it's particularly hard on a lad that's come through a serious injury before."

Tennyson replaced the injured Brian Hogan after 28 minutes against Galway in the Leinster final and had been tipped to hold on to the centre-back position for the Cork clash.

Tennyson (25) is not Kilkenny's only injury worry as the Leinster and All-Ireland champions prepare to renew acquaintances with the Rebels. Richie Hogan (ankle ligaments) and Michael Rice (broken hand) are "fighting the clock", according to Fogarty.


Meanwhile, Derry are on the hunt for a new manager after Damian Cassidy stepped down after two years at the helm.

Cassidy has informed the Derry County Board that he will not be seeking a third term. The former Bellaghy boss led the Oak Leafers to the 2009 National League Division 1 final, in which they lost to Kerry, but they were relegated this season.

Derry failed to make an impact in the championship in either of the two seasons under Cassidy's tenure and this year's campaign was further blighted by the controversy surrounding star forward Paddy Bradley, who announced his inter-county retirement after being dropped.

"Damian and his management team have served this county with pride over the past two years, highlighted by leading our county to a National League final in Croke Park in 2009," outlined a statement from the Derry board.

"Derry County Board would like to commend Damian and his management team for the new initiatives they have introduced to the county set-up and credit them for the new players they have introduced to the panel.

"Whilst we regret to be in this situation, we accept the decision of Damian and his management team, and wish them well."

Irish Independent

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