There's bad new for Kilkenny supporters this morning.
KCLR report that Richie Hogan will miss the early stages of the Championship with a broken hand.
Hogan did the damage playing for Danesfort against Ballyhale game in the Kilkenny Senior Hurling League at thew weekend.
The club have confirmed that he'll miss the next 10 weeks or so - which would rule him out of the Leinster final should they reach it.
Bad news for Kilkenny, Richie Hogan out for 8-10 weeks for broken hand. Huge loss for Kilkenny.. We'll win for Richie. Hon the cats— Eamon Byrne (@EamonByrne8) May 25, 2016
The Cats open the defence of their Leinster title against Dublin in Portlaoise on June 11.
Brian Cody’s side are already without the services of Ger Aylward due to a knee injury and James Maher following a workplace accident.