Reid ruled out of Ballyhale campaign for 10 weeks
TJ Reid will be out of club hurling for up to 10 weeks after fracturing a kneecap in the All-Ireland final last week. He is the second Kilkenny player in three matches to sustain a serious injury in an incident with an opponent. Reid will miss Ballyhale Shamrocks' Kilkenny campaign and, if they justify favouritism, their Leinster campaign too.
He has had surgery to repair the damage.
It follows the hand injury sustained by Michael Rice in the All-Ireland semi-final against Tipperary, when a nasty blow that shattered his finger and has seriously jeopardised his career.
Rice admitted before the All-Ireland final replay that he was afraid to ask his medical team if his career was in doubt, such was the extensive nature of the damage to the finger -- he needed seven screws to help the repair process.
Take in the facial injury that JJ Delaney sustained in the replay -- following an incident for which Cyril Donnellan was sent off -- and it's clear how teams have been stepping up their physical approach to the Cats during the summer.
Meanwhile, Kildare ace Dermot Earley has undergone yet another knee operation in a further attempt to get his football career back on track.
Earley went under the knife last month and hopes to begin his rehab programme within the next few weeks. The veteran, whose Sarsfields side defeated St Laurence's in the Kildare semi-final on Sunday, has no chance of lining out in the county final against Carbury on Sunday week.
"I had a minor op about three weeks ago to tidy up a bit of loose cartilage that was in the knee, to take it out," said Earley, who previously had four knee operations -- two cruciate and two cartilage.
"Regardless, I'll play club football next year, but I haven't made a decision on whether I'll be going back to the county yet."