Kilkenny county secretary Ned Quinn, has indicated that Henry Shefflin could make his return to the Cats side before the end of the month.
Shefflin has been out of action since aggravating a knee cruciate injury in September’s All-Ireland Hurling Final against Tipperary.
Quinn said: “Henry is progressing very well, I would expect to see him back with Ballyhale before the end of May.”
He also had updates on a number of other injured Kilkenny stars:
“Richie Power played with Carrickshock last week and will play with them again next week. Michael Fennelly will be 50/50 to play with Ballyhale next week. Tommy Walsh played with Tullaroan last week and aggravated his injury, but knowing Tommy, he’ll definitely play with the club again this week. Whether that’s the right thing or not is irrelevant, he’s going to play, so we’ll have to wait and see how that works out.
“Those are all big players for Kilkenny, but you have to acknowledge that a lot of counties are now in the mix, so we’re going to have a rattling championship.”