Kilkenny will be without Michael Fennelly for the All-Ireland Hurling Final on the 4th of September.
The Ballyhale man pulled up with 10 minutes to go in his side’s semi-final replay win over Waterford. Kilkenny boss, Brian Cody has confirmed the injury sustained was an Achilles tendon injury. The Kilkenny County Board also confirmed the bad news on their Twitter page and said ‘ Kilkenny GAA tonight confirm that MI Fennelly has ruptured his Achilles’ tendon and is out of All Irl Final, we wish him well in his recovery.
The 2011 Hurler of the Year is expected to face a long spell on the side-lines and may face up to 6 months recovery. Fennelly has been an absolute stalwart for his club and county over the last number of years winning everything in the game. The 31 year old lecturer has won 6 All Ireland SHC titles, 4 Leinster Hurling titles, 4 National Hurling League titles and 3 all-star awards. In addition to this he has also helped his club Ballyhale Shamrocks to 6 County titles, 4 Leinster titles and 3 All-Ireland titles. Fennelly has suffered many injuries in the past and maybe these injuries are starting to take a toll on the midfielder. We hope to see him return next year with club and county.