For the third year in a row Kilkenny hurler PJ Delaney is facing All Ireland heartbreak after it was revealed that he has been ruled out of the county’s plans for the rest of the Championship, following an operation on a troublesome hip injury.
Delaney had been dogged by injury in recent seasons and has had to overcome a broken ankle and broken leg in recent campaigns, while he has also endured ongoing groin and hamstring problems.
Speaking to the Kilkenny people, the 27 year old admitted the end of his campaign and vowed to return next year “The season is over for me. I just have to accept the situation and get on with it,”
“I have plenty of experience of being injured and I am up for the fight to recover. The battle to recover is not daunting.
“The effort that will be required doesn’t scare me or anything like that. But it is another season gone, wiped.
“That is three years in-a-row. That is hard to take. During the last three years I haven’t been able to play all the local league matches with my club, and I won’t be doing it this time either.
“It is frustrating, but I won’t let it beat me.”