Reid in frame for Cats' Leinster opener
TJ Reid is pushing hard for a recall to the Kilkenny hurling team ahead of Sunday's Leinster championship opener against Offaly after missing the entire league campaign through injury, WRITES COLM KEYS.
The Ballyhale Shamrocks man had his kneecap badly dislocated in last year's All-Ireland hurling final replay and was laid up for six months before making his competitive return to club action in April.
Since then he has played for Kilkenny in a challenge match against Limerick and is understood to be moving well in training. Henry Shefflin will miss his first ever championship game because of a foot injury and is also considered doubtful for a potential semi-final against Wexford or Dublin.
Shefflin explained recently that the injury keeping him out this weekend is different to the broken bone in his foot that kept him out of the league.
Michael Fennelly is also out of Sunday's match in Tullamore because of an ankle injury sustained in a club match, but he anticipates being ready for a semi-final if and when Kilkenny progress.
Jackie Tyrrell and Colin Fennelly were among those to sit out an internal practice match over the weekend, but neither are considered doubts.