Kilkenny sweating on the return of players for All-Ireland final

2014 All-Ireland hurling champions Kilkenny have not ruled out the return of Jackie Tyrell and Richie Power ahead of their All-Ireland final against Galway on Sunday September 6th. 

Tyrrell, who was the 2006 Kilkenny captain is struggling to regain fitness following a stress fracture to his foot. The fracture has kept Tyrrell off the pitch since their Leinster final win over Galway meaning the corner back missed their semi-final win over Waterford. 

Speaking last night, Kilkenny manager Brian Cody spoke about the four time winning All-Star’s race against time to be fit for the All-Ireland final.

“Jackie has a stress fracture and he has been in a boot for a few weeks. He’s out of it now and it depends on how he recovers from that. We’re not ruling him in or ruling him out at the moment. He’s just working his way back now and we’re hoping he can get back running. We’ve an open mind on it, he’s kept himself, he’s worked away in the gym, his fitness levels are massive anyway. It’s a question of whether the injury will have healed sufficiently to allow him to do what he has to do. But right now it’s just that we don’t know.”

Luck seems to be in Kilkenny’s favour as Eoin Larkin and Ger Aylward have been cleared for the final to play whil Richie Hogan is also available after overcoming his back injury.

In the 2014 final Richie Power missed most of the season but played a crucial in the winning of Kilkenny’s 35th All-Ireland title and he could also play a role in the 2015 final according to Brian Cody.

“Richie Power is pretty good at the moment, to be honest about it,” revealed Cody. He’s training, and he’s worked very, very hard all year, he hasn’t got any game time at all this year because he couldn’t, he just wasn’t ready for it. His ability to partake in training has picked up since the semi-final. He’s had a tough year, no doubt about that, could have come into the reckoning? He could, he could, yeah.”

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