Walsh to start for Kilkenny

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Updated: July 2, 2011

Tommy Walsh will start for Kilkenny tomorrow in their SHC Leinster final against Dublin at Croke Park.

The right half-back has been injured since March when he hurt his left shoulder in a league match with Waterford.

Walsh aggravated the injury playing for his club team Tullaroan, but has returned to the Kilkenny fold in time for the Leinster final.

Walsh replaces Paddy Hogan in the starting line-up.

Recent Championship debutant Paul Murphy also makes the starting line-up despite getting stitches in his thumb in recent weeks.

Kilkenny lost to Dublin in the league final, but will still be favourites to claim their 13th Leinster title in the last 14 years.

Kilkenny: David Herity; Noel Hickey, JJ Delaney, Jackie Tyrrell; Tommy Walsh, Brian Hogan (capt), Paul Murphy; Michael Fennelly, Michael Rice; TJ Reid, Richie Power, Eoin Larkin; Colin Fennelly, Henry Shefflin, Richie Hogan.

Subs: PJ Ryan, Michael Kavanagh, John Dalton, Paddy Hogan, James ‘Cha’ Fitzpatrick, Eddie Brennan, Conor Fogarty, Kieran Joyce, Richie Doyle, John Mulhall, Mathew Ruth

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