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Michael Fennelly ruled out of All-Ireland final with ruptured Achilles tendon

It’s a cruel blow for the 31-year-old midfielder who was in excellent form for the Cats on Saturday.

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KILKENNY WILL HAVE to plan for next month’s All-Ireland final without key midfielder Michael Fennelly after it was confirmed that he ruptured his Achilles tendon in the victory against Waterford on Saturday.

The 2011 Hurler of the Year crumpled in a heap in the 59th minute while in possession of the sliotar and was carried off the field on a stretcher.

It didn’t look good at the time and the Kilkenny County Board confirmed this evening that he has ruptured the Achilles tendon in his left leg and will miss the All-Ireland final against Tipperary on 4 September.

The Ballyhale Shamrocks player looks set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines with ruptured Achilles tendons generally ruling players out for up to nine months.

It is the latest in a series of injuries the 31-year-old has suffered in recent seasons and is a cruel blow for the midfielder who was hugely impressive in the win against Waterford.

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