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Cats to do without Shefflin for entire league campaign

The Ballyhale Shamrocks man won’t be back in a Kilkenny shirt until June.

Shefflin at the final whistle of last year's All-Ireland final.
Shefflin at the final whistle of last year's All-Ireland final.
Image: ©INPHO/James Crombie

HENRY SHEFFLIN IS set to miss all of Kilkenny’s upcoming Allianz National Hurling League campaign.

The reigning All-Ireland champions open their account against last year’s beaten finalists Tipperary on February 26.

It was expected that the 33-year-old would be absent for a number of league games while he recovers from shoulder surgery after an injury sustained playing for his club Ballyhale Shamrocks in the Kilkenny SHC semi-final.

However, county selector Martin Fogarty has revealed that it could be another four months before the All-Star forward features again for the Cats.

“Henry is miles away,” Fogarty said in today’s Irish Daily Star.

He’s not going to play in the league, not a hope, so you can forget about him for the league anyway.”

The squad, who are currently in Cancun, Mexico, will have six weeks’ preparation under their belt before the meeting with Tipp, a fact which Fogarty welcomed.

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“We seem to have a bit of a better run into it. It’s good for everyone I think. Lads coming back off a winter break and having matches too early is not good,” he added.

For more information, see The Daily Star print edition

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