Sunday 19 November 2017

Kilkenny's Michael Fennelly to miss Leinster championship

Michael Fennelly
Michael Fennelly

Michael Fennelly will miss the entire Leinster hurling championship as a result of the injury he sustained in last Sunday's league final.

Fennelly met with surgeon Tadhg O'Sullivan in Waterford yesterday where he was informed that the fractured bone in his ankle and the ligament damage would leave him sidelined for at least 10 weeks.

Even if Kilkenny won their semi-final on June 23 the current Hurler of the Year would not be available to them for a Leinster final in July.

And should they not win the Leinster title, he would miss initial rounds of the qualifiers or even All-Ireland quarter-finals.

It is a significant blow for the Cats, who hope to have Michael Rice, Richie Power and Henry Shefflin back for that June 23 semi-final after recent injuries.

Meanwhile, Seanie Johnston's club Cavan Gaels are to be invited into the next meeting of the Central Competitions Controls Committee, who met yesterday to discuss the player's proposed transfer to Kildare. No decision on the request was made at this meeting of the new CCCC.

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