There has been more good news for Kilkenny’s hurlers after their high-scoring win over Tipperary last weekend, following the announcement that the experienced duo of Richie Power and Michael Fennelly will make a return to inter-county action, significantly strengthening Brian Cody’s squad.
Michael Fennelly, who was named hurler of the year in 2011, missed all of last season with an ankle injury, and has just returned from a work placement in Australia with the Sydney Swans.
There had been speculation that Power’s time with the Cats was over after he wasn’t named in the original 40-man training squad, but the two-time All Star had in fact been training on his own and was now ready to rejoin the squad after several meetings with the Kilkenny management.
Both Power and Fennelly are expected to be available for selection for Kilkenny’s next game in the Allianz Hurling League, a round 3 tie at home to Galway on March 9th.
Elsewhere, Dublin’s hurlers will be without their regular free-taker Paul Ryan for around a month after an MRI scan revealed he had suffered small cartilage tears in both groins, with an estimated return date of “two to four weeks”.
The news is better than had been expected however, and should the four week return date be accurate he could be looking at a return for Dublin’s crucial away trip to Tipperary on the 23rd of March, but at the very least the 22-year old star should be available for the quarter-final or relegation stages a week later, the exact fixture obviously dependent on Dublin’s progress in his absence.