Shefflin played too soon: coach

LEADING strength and conditioning coach Mike McGurn has questioned the wisdom of Henry Shefflin playing in the All-Ireland SHC final four weeks after the Kilkenny legend suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury.

“It’s like me taking a leg off this chair,” said McGurn. “Imagine how stable that would be? If it doesn’t get pushed the wrong way you’ll be fine; if you get pushed the wrong way it’s gonna go so it’s very unstable.

“The minimum for that injury is probably seven months … seven to nine months in my experience.”

McGurn is looking forward to his second involvement in the International Rules Series, having been first brought on board by Seán Boylan in 2006.

Anthony Tohill was a selector back then and when the Derry man was given the nod to succeed Boylan, he quickly invited McGurn back.

“I loved it. It was a tremendous honour. Since Anthony’s taken over, we’ve had some great planning meetings. There’s been massive interest.

“Looking at videotapes of past games, you’re asking the players to do things they’ve never done in their lives. It’s a total different mindset to catch the ball and stop, or to tackle the player.

will be plenty of work done, either collectively or on an individual basis once the panel has been finalised.

“We’ve planned it meticulously so once they’ve picked their final squad we will be going on Friday nights and Saturday mornings and I’ll then travel around the provinces and work with people on an individual basis if need be.”


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