Larkin praying specialist gives green light for final
Kilkenny star Eoin Larkin will find out today whether he has a chance of featuring in Sunday week's NHL Division 1 final clash with Tipperary.
The James Stephens man picked up a wrist injury in a club game against Danesfort and missed the league semi-final win over Galway as the Cats progressed to a 10th league final in 13 seasons.
And Larkin is set to visit a specialist today to ascertain the full extent of the injury and see if he can play any part in Semple Stadium.
"I hurt my wrist there in a club match so I need a scan," he said. "I probably shouldn't be saying it but it was just dragging out of a lad and I strained it.
"I haven't a clue to be honest about playing. I have to see the specialist first."
Manager Brian Cody has used 32 players in the Cats' seven league games, with Larkin admitting that with all the competition for places within the squad, this is a particularly bad time to be injured.
"The new players have been very good over the league. They have certainly come on," he said.
"It certainly is worrying but it is good to have competition for places. It can only bring the best out of the older players so that's exactly why it's not a great time to be injured."
And Larkin says the new faces are making up for lost time having been forced to watch on from the sidelines last year.
"When younger lads weren't tried last year as they are being this year and you're not seeing what they can actually do, you're thinking to yourself maybe they aren't ready for it," he said.
"We all saw this year that any of the lads that were used are certainly ready for championship hurling. As Brian has stated before he doesn't mind who plays. As long as there are 15 Kilkenny lads going out he is happy enough."