Shefflin blow for Kilkenny
Stress fracture likely to keep legend out of Leinster opener
HENRY Shefflin is a major doubt for Kilkenny's opening championship game next month after suffering a foot injury in last week's thrilling Allianz League final against Tipperary.
He came through a full training session with his club Ballyhale Shamrocks on Thursday night and was selected at full-forward for their senior league game against O'Loughlin Gaels in Thomastown tonight.
But the full extent of his injury – a stress fracture of the foot – emerged yesterday when the results of some tests came through and it remains to be seen just how long it will keep him out, although it is certain to be a number of weeks.
It looks likely to rule him out of Kilkenny's Leinster quarter-final against Offaly on June 6 which would, leave the GAA's new broadcasting partners Sky Sports without one of the game's superstars for what is the first game of their new television deal.
The 35-year-old, who has won nine All-Irelands and 11 All Stars, has had a tough time with injury in the past 18 months.
He suffered a torn cruciate in 2007 and again in 2010, when he made a particularly heroic effort to get back for the All-Ireland final and, after recovering from all that, he was dogged by foot and shoulder injuries last year.
They included a stress fracture to his foot but it is not yet clear if this is a recurrence of the same problem.