Power’s fitness boosts Kilkenny

Kilkenny hurlers have received a massive boost with the news that ace forward Richie Power will definitely be available for the All-Ireland semi-final against Tipperary on August 19.

Major doubts surfaced about Power’s fitness for the Croke Park showdown after he was forced off with concussion just before half-time in last Sunday’s quarter-final win over Limerick.

But Kilkenny secretary Ned Quinn yesterday said the Carrickshock clubman will be in the frame for the clash against the Munster champions.

“The team won’t be back training until the weekend and I expect Richie Power to be back with the rest of the lads then,” said Quinn.

“After he was brought off, Richie was immediately taken to hospital in Kilkenny, but he wasn’t detained overnight or anything like that.

“In fact, he was back home before the rest of us got home from Thurles.

“So there are no worries about his availability for the All-Ireland semi-final.”

Tipperary also received a boost ahead of the game with Brendan Cummins expected to be fit after picking up an arm injury playing for his club.

“It’s nothing serious,” confirmed Tipperary PRO Ger Ryan. “There’s nothing to be worried about from a Tipperary point of view.”


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