Saturday 24 February 2018

Shefflin more frustrated by shoulder injury than cruciate

Henry Shefflin in action for Kilkenny
Henry Shefflin in action for Kilkenny
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Henry Shefflin has admitted his recovery from a shoulder injury has been more frustrating than battling back from either of his cruciate ligament operations.

But he still expects to make Kilkenny's Leinster semi-final against Dublin, Carlow or Laois on June 23.

"I was always told, 'It will come, it will come and give it time'. That's what I was waiting on and obviously I'm more confident now being involved and I just want a clean run at it now," said the 10-time All Star, who has never failed to start a championship match for Kilkenny since he made the team.

"I don't want to be giving out about this and that because I have done enough complaining with the cruciates. Different is how I would describe this latest injury.

"It has been tough again and no one likes being injured and being injured for such a long time. With the knee last year I had experience of the first one and that helped me.

"With the shoulder I had no experience. People think it's only the shoulder, he'll be grand. But there's a lot to it and it's a very slow process. I had to stay focused and I've been looking at the bigger picture. There have been some dark days in between."

challenge

Shefflin came on for Shamrocks in a league match against Dunamaggin on Saturday night and came through with no complaints and may play some part for Kilkenny in a challenge match against Offaly on Sunday.

He watched the league with interest but suggests that people shouldn't get carried away by the league final performance against Cork.

"Cork were poor and Kilkenny were very good but don't think it was a real reflection of the league, because we had been up and down. But they did play very well on the day.

"Cork didn't play at all and that was the basis of it. It was a very good performance, the younger lads will have got excellent confidence from it."

Shefflin admits that Michael Fennelly's loss with a broken bone in the ankle will hit Kilkenny hard because of the type of player he has been for them.

"It's a major loss because he's a serious athlete and covers a lot of ground for us," he said. "There's not many like him around."

Irish Independent

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