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'Uphill battle' to stay in AFL for Tommy Walsh as he fights back from horror hamstring injury

The Kerry native is continue to recover from a horror hamstring injury.

Tommy Walsh training for the Ireland International Rules team.
Tommy Walsh training for the Ireland International Rules team.
Image: James Crombie

TOMMY WALSH FACES an ‘uphill battle’ to reignite his AFL career as he continues to rehab after the horror hamstring injury that he suffered last June and may be content to return home to Ireland.

Walsh tore the hamstring off his bone while in action for the Sydney Swans against Essendon and missed the remainder of last season along with this year’s pre-season campaign.

Kilkenny hurler Michael Fennelly spent time in Australia from December to February on work experience with the Sydney Swans and witnessed Walsh’s efforts to recover from the injury.

Fennelly has revealed the ‘uphill battle’ that Walsh faces and after spending time with the 2009 All-Ireland winner, he reckons that the Kerry native would be ‘fairly content’ if he ended up moving home with his contract up at the end of the 2014 season.

“When I left in mid February, he was still rehabbing that hamstring injury. He was maybe at 50-60% of full fitness so he’d a bit to go. I was onto him on Facebook him there lately and he was saying that he wasn’t too far off it.

“He’d a massive hamstring injury. He’s after missing 3 months of pre-season, even though he’s been doing a mountain of training himself. Hopefully he might get back in there but they’ve 40 something players on the panel there so it’s an uphill battle.

“I think he’d love to come home because he does miss it and he’s been there five years. His contract is up this year. Either way he’d be happy to come home or stay there. It’s a big year. I think he’d be fairly content to come home, he misses Kerry and his family and that. Five years is a long time.”

Here’s the horror injury that Walsh suffered last year, from 0.55 in.

Source: SwansTV/YouTube

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