Kilkenny duo in race to be fit for semi-final

Brian Cody is sweating on the fitness of Richie Hogan and Michael Fennelly for Kilkenny’s Leinster semi-final clash with Dublin in three weeks’ time.

Neither lasted the full hour of Ballyhale Shamrocks’ 1-16 to 1-8 win over Danesfort in Callan on Saturday, and are concerns for the June 11 meeting.

Hogan, the 2014 Hurler of the Year, suffered a hand injury when attempting to block down county team-mate Fennelly during the first half of the club league tie.

The 27-year-old eventually came off at the interval, and is now waiting for swelling in his hand to go down before having scans.

Fennelly, the 2011 Hurler of the Year, withdrew with a hamstring complaint in what is the latest in a long line of injuries for the midfielder enforcer.All of which means that manager Cody may have to plan for the provincial semi-final against the Dubs — who hammered Wexford on Saturday — without two key men.

Kilkenny PRO Seamus Reade says: “Michael Fennelly has been minding himself all along. He played for the county recently and came off there as well halfway through, so I’d expect it’s something similar.

“Richie Hogan had some kind of a hand injury. I don’t think it’s been assessed yet, I think the swelling has to go down. But he certainly hasn’t been ruled out at this stage. They were out with the clubs and are back in training (with Kilkenny) tonight.”


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