Wednesday 22 November 2017

Shefflin has 'no hope' of playing 70 minutes against Waterford – Cody

King Henry: Cody says he has 'no hope' of playing 70 minutes
King Henry: Cody says he has 'no hope' of playing 70 minutes

Gaelic games Martin Breheny Exclusive

HENRY Shefflin will play a restricted role only in Kilkenny's attempt to reach the All-Ireland hurling quarter-finals against Waterford on Saturday evening.

"We'll see what happens but there isn't a hope of Henry playing for the full 70 minutes," said manager Brian Cody.

Shefflin made his long-awaited comeback late on against Tipperary last Saturday, raising hopes among Kilkenny supporters that he may be ready to resume on a full-time basis for what is regarded as a tricky test.

Cody has now ruled that out but has yet to decide how to deploy his talisman. Shefflin came on for Matthew Ruth seven minutes from the end last Saturday for his first game since last year's All-Ireland final replay.

Cody said that TJ Reid, who was replaced by Ger Aylward after 20 minutes against Tipperary, would miss Saturday's game due to a hamstring injury.

While Kilkenny are overwhelming favourites to beat Waterford, Cody described the game as "deadly dangerous" and is expecting a fierce challenge from Michael Ryan's improving team. He warned that if Kilkenny's performance dropped, Waterford would exploit their chance.

"They are a very good side now and have been for a number of years. The young talent they are bringing through is doing very well, while they also have a very solid core of experienced players," he said.

Cody does not believe that Kilkenny are vulnerable because of any psychological comedown from what was an emotional occasion in Nowlan Park but insists that every game presents a huge challenge.

"I've been saying it for a long time – several teams are capable of beating others on a given day. That's been proven beyond doubt this year," he said.

"Beating Tipp was great but it only took us only one step further" he said.

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