Kilkenny's man-of-the-match TJ Reid "hopeful" over knee injury
Man of the match TJ Reid is hopeful that the knee injury he suffered towards the end of Kilkenny's obliteration of Offaly isn't too serious.
Reid was a constant thorn in Kilkenny's 5-32 to 1-18 victory over the Faithful County but was replaced by Aidan Fogarty with nine minutes remaining after taking a bang to his knee.
"Hopefully not, I got a belt of the hurl on the knee and hopefully some ice will sort it out," Reid, who fractured his kneecap in the 2012 All-Ireland final, told Sky Sports.
Reid revealed how Kilkenny have been using last year's frustrations to fuel themselves in this year's campaign.
"We had prepared mentally 100pc and we had trained very hard for this game and it showed today that it paid off," he added.
"Last year was disappointing for us, getting knocked out in the quarter-final which is unusual for ourselves.
"We have big ambitions for this year and a lot of freshness with new guys on the team their today."