Fitzhenry ready for Kilkenny

WEXFORD goalkeeper Damien Fitzhenry will be fit for Sunday’s Leinster SHC final against Kilkenny at Croke Park.

Fitzhenry sustained a foot injury in a weekend club game but insists he will be available for selection.

The former All Star confirmed: “I see no reason why I won’t be okay. I took a bit of a knock last weekend, a shot on the foot, but it’s okay.”

Fitzhenry, the last remaining link to Wexford’s All-Ireland success in 1996, insisted that the Slaneysiders must believe in the abilities if they are to defeat Brian Cody’s champions. He said: “Everybody is beatable and that’s the bottom line. Tiger Woods goes out to compete in golf tournaments and although he’ll win 90% of the time, he won’t win them all. Kilkenny are undoubtedly a fantastic team but there will be days when they won’t perform. We’re going up there with two games under our belt rather than one and that will bring us on a bit.”

Meanwhile, no news is good news on the injury front from the Tipperary camp in advance of their Munster final clash with Clare on Sunday week. Speaking yesterday&, manager Liam Sheedy explained that there will be no decision taken this week on any of his injured trio of Conor O’Mahony (shoulder), Declan Fanning (knee) and Hugh Moloney (shoulder). Most pressing of the three, however, is centre-back Conor O’Mahony; in outstanding form all season, Sheedy’s Newport clubmate suffered a serious hit in a club game last Saturday evening.

“Initially we thought it was curtains, we thought the AC joint was gone. He went to the hospital and it looks now that the X-ray has shown up reasonably okay,” said Sheedy. “It will be touch and go. He definitely won’t do anything this week.”

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