Kilkenny star Henry Shefflin looks set for another long spell on the sideline after suffering a shoulder surgery, it emerged yesterday.
Shefflin, who has won eighth All-Ireland senior hurling medals with the Cats, sustained the injury playing with his club Ballyhale Shamrocks, in the Kilkenny championship.
“Henry injured his shoulder against O’Loughlin Gaels in the county semi-final,” Ballyhale chairman Sean Reid confirmed.
“He was able to play on that day, and he played against James Stephens in the final and the replay as well, but he’ll have to have an operation on it soon and he’s likely to miss out on at least six months as he recovers.
“That means we’ll be without him here in the club for the early part of the county championship, and Kilkenny look like they won’t have him at all for the national hurling league, because even if he had the operation right now you’d be talking about May or maybe June before he’d be right.”
Shefflin, 32, has already had two ruptured cruciate ligament injuries and had to battle back from those. He will no doubt make a full recovery once again this time, but will be absent for at least six months and that’s a huge blow to Brian Cody and his side.