After Clare demolished the 2015 champions earlier this year in the league, The Cat’s were left licking their wounds for eight weeks eagerly awaiting their opportunity for revenge.
Unlike other counties, Kilkenny continue club championship no matter where their county team stand in their championship campaign.
As a result, year in year out we see players falling off the starting 15 from club injuries but this could be one of the worst blows for Kilkenny yet. Richie Hogan has broken his hand in club championship with Danesfort and is expected to miss at least 8-10 weeks.
Given this period of time for recovery, Hogan will miss out on Leinster championship and depending on where they finish up, the talented forward may miss an A-Ireland quarter-final or quailifer rounds.
Kilkenny face Dublin in the Leinster final in O’Moore Park Portlaois on June 11th following their comprehensive win over Dublin on Saturday night.
Following their post league clear out, Cody could be looking to recall some of the household names of Kilkenny hurling as Leinster hurling championship lingers around the corner.