Hurling’s most decorated star, Henry Shefflin, faces another lengthy spell on the sidelines, having been injured during Ballyhale Shamrock’s Leinster club semi-final loss to Oulart the Ballagh on Saturday.
Ballyhale manager, Tommy Shefflin has said that the initial diagnosis is that ‘King’ Henry has broken a bone in his ankle. Henry’s brother went on to reveal to the Sun newspaper that the whole ankle is not broken and that more will be known as to the extent of the injury over the next few days.
Henry, who has won nine All-Ireland titles at senior inter-county level, is due to have a scan on the ankle. The now 33 year-old has suffered injuries towards the end of the season over the last number of years. Two years ago this month, he ruptured a cruciate ligament while this time last year he suffered a serious shoulder injury which ruled him out of Kilkenny’s entire National Hurling League campaign.
The regularity of these serious injuries is probably a sign that Henry’s body is showing wear and tear and coming towards the end of a now 13 year career at the highest level of the game. His form has not suffered however as he was voted Hurler of the Year for 2012.
Shefflin’s hurling life revolves around championship. One suspects that the man who this year surpassed Chrity Ring’s record of eight Celtic Crosses won on the field of play will be ready for action come late spring/early summer 2013.