Premier boost as Lar on road to recovery

Lar Corbett is winning his battle to be fit for Tipperary’s Munster semi-final against Limerick on June 9 — but Kilkenny are remaining surprisingly tight-lipped about their injury list ahead of facing Offaly on the same day.

After fracturing a couple of ribs against Kilkenny in the Division 1 final earlier this month, Corbett is currently running but has not resumed full contact training.

However, Tipperary sources say the chances of the 2010 hurler of the year being fit for the game in the Gaelic Grounds are good. A decision on his availability won’t be made until the week of the match.

On the other hand, Kilkenny selector Martin Fogarty, standing in for Brian Cody as the latter recuperates from heart surgery, refused to comment on the players currently on the treatment table.

Michael Fennelly (ankle), Michael Rice (hamstring), Eoin Murphy (ankle) and Eoin Larkin (hamstring) all picked up knocks over the weekend.

Of the quartet, Fennelly is believed to have shipped the most serious injury and had to be brought to hospital last Friday after suffering suspected ligament damage in a Ballyhale Shamrocks’ league game in Thomastown.

Michael Rice had to be replaced 10 minutes into Carrickshock’s draw with Fenians, Murphy hurt his ankle for Glenmore against Mullinavat on Sunday while Larkin, playing his second game in as many days, picked up a hamstring problem in the challenge game against Limerick in Martinstown on Sunday evening.

The setbacks come as Henry Shefflin’s return date has been thrown into the air by a metatarsal injury in his recovering left foot.

“We’re not talking about injuries,” insisted Fogarty. “We do have a few of them and we’re just going to let the players recover. When they’re right, they’re right. I’m not being smart but there has been too much talk of injuries.”

However, Fogarty was happy to report Cody is well on the way to returning to the sideline after missing out on the Division 1 semi-final and final wins over Galway and Tipperary.

“There is no date but progress is good,” said Fogarty. “He’s doing fine medically and he’s had no setbacks. Like Henry, there are no dates.”

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