With surgery on a stress fracture to his ankle behind him, Kilkenny stalwart Jackie Tyrrell looks to be the main injury concern for Kilkenny going into the county’s All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final clash with Galway on Sunday next.
Having played no part in the crunch semi-final against Waterford, the James Stephens clubman looks doubtful to be included in Brian Cody’s side to face the Tribesmen – but he hasn’t been completely ruled out.
Speaking to KCLR at the team’s media night in Langton House Hotel on Tuesday evening, Kilkenny’s Michael Dempsey said
Jackie, unfortunately, just got the cast off his leg this week so he hopes to get back into some light training. So, it would be a major challenge for him to be ready for this game, unfortunately”.
Unfortunately for fans of Tyrrell’s, that’s two unfortunatelys.
When pressed about Joey Holden and Shane Prendergast, who has deputised in Tyrrell’s absence, Dempsey says
We’re happy with anybody who’s on the panel, anybody who can step up. Joey Holden has been on the panel now for a number of years, he’s a very able hurler, very committed, had a very good run with his club, won the club All-Ireland. Shane Prendergast has been on the panel for a number of years so we’re happy with what we have and they just have to go and perform on the day – that’s their challenge.
On Eoin Larkin, Dempsey says “Eoin picked up a bit of a knock on his thumb and hopefully he’ll be ok”.
Brian Cody had further suggested that he has no concerns over Larkin’s injury or fitness and will have the 2012 All-Ireland winning captain available for selection when the team is announced on Friday night next.
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