Kilkenny manager Brian Cody has said he is thrilled to have Henry Shefflin back in the cats squad.
Shefflin returned to action in a challenge match against Waterford at the weekend and scored 0-08 for the Leinster champions. It was his first appearance for Kilkenny since a cruciate ligament injury forced him t0 limp off in the early stages of last September’s All-Ireland final.
“We are delighted Henry is again wearing the (county) jersey,” Cody said.
“For him to have completed the 70 minutes without any ill-effects from his long lay-off, and to have chipped in with eight points too, is just superb for me and for everyone both inside and outside the hurling camp.
“Not everyone knows just how much work Henry has had to put in to take his place in this (Sunday’s) game.
“Months of painstaking effort were involved, but thankfully he has won his own fitness battle and he deserves nothing but the height of praise for his commitment to the cause of Kilkenny hurling.”
Cody added that Shefflin would be in “serious contention” for a starting place against either Antrim or Wexford in next month’s Leinster SHC semi-final.
“The full game he has just played (against Waterford) will have done him the world of good and having him back is a massive boost for the rest of the lads. And I’m including myself and the rest of the management team in that.”