Sidelined Shefflin plays waiting game

Henry Shefflin is closer to a return to action, but he will not feature for Kilkenny in Sunday's Leinster SHC quarter-final against Offaly in Tullamore.

Sidelined Shefflin plays waiting game

Henry Shefflin is closer to a return to action, but he will not feature for Kilkenny in Sunday's Leinster SHC quarter-final against Offaly in Tullamore.

The 11-time All-Star has been out because of a foot injury, and will miss his first Championship game in 15 years this weekend.

Shefflin suffered a stress fracture in his left foot last month, less than six months after undergoing surgery on the same foot which ruled him out of Kilkenny's Allianz League title-winning campaign.

The Ballyhale Shamrocks player has featured in all of Kilkenny's previous 62 senior Championship matches, but Sunday's clash has come too soon for him despite the removal of his air-cast 'space boot' yesterday.

The boot had also been used to aid Shefflin's recovery last winter.

Speaking at today's Centra Hurling launch, Shefflin said he will get an update from his surgeon in the next three weeks.

"I'm back in my shoes and my runners for the next three weeks and I will see what the prognosis is from my surgeon then," he said.

"He told me at the outset that it was a stress fracture in my metatarsal, so he said that would be a six-week injury and that's what it is.

"I'm just lucky enough to have the boot off now, I've been fed up wearing it the last few months. I'm just back walking around as normal, there's nothing more than that.

"Hopefully it will go okay and I will let it set and heal for the next few weeks."

That timeframe suggests that Shefflin could be back for a potential Leinster final appearance on Sunday, July 7, but he is keen to just let the healing process run its course.

"It's very hard to say to be honest (when I will be back)," admitted the Cats forward.

"It would be very touch and go, I'm definitely a good few weeks away from being back to being any way right.

"It's very hard to say, because it is one of those injuries you have to try and mind and just see what way it reacts too be honest.

"If I go back on it and recreate the stress fracture my season will probably be gone. I just have to be careful in that sense."

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