Kilkenny goalkeeper Eoin Murphy has said it is too early to tell when he will return to action following a leg injury he picked up in a club game last month.
Darren Brennan has stepped into the role in place of the two-time All-Star winner who broke his tibia and is expected to miss all of the Leinster Championship.
“I’m not being smart, I don’t know”, Murphy admitted when asked about his potential return date.
“I’m off the crutches a week and a half and done a light bit of jogging yesterday. It’s a little bit stiff today. It’s the first time I’ve done anything in six or seven weeks. It’s just a progression thing then.
“There’s no real time frame on it. Where it’s broke, it’s a load-bearing bone. You start off with the jogging and you start increasing it if there’s no injury then.”
Kilkenny face a huge test when All Ireland finalists Galway visit Nowlan Park this weekend and given the recent history between the sides, the Cats will need no extra motivation for the clash.
Murphy admits that it is difficult not being involved in such crucial games but knows that he cannot push himself too far in his recovery
“I’m delighted to be back, even from a mental point of view. Delighted to be back with the lads. But I’m still in a pair of runners, and I probably will be for the next week or two.
“It was sort of a twist with a hyper-extension involved so I was lucky I didn’t do any other damage to it. There’s a silver lining to everything, but it’s not an ideal time to be injured, it’s going to be hard to get the pace back now.
“You don’t want to be missing games. You don’t want to be injured anyway, but you don’t want to be missing games. That’s the way it’s gone now with the inter-county season, if you do pick up a knock now or anything like that, you could miss three-quarters of it. There are a big couple of games coming up now.
“The medical team, I’d say they’re like, ‘this lad coming back again!’ But even for yourself, your own psychological side, you want ‘I’m doing this, where do I go from here?’ And stuff like that.
“When I got the crutches off then, I was all excited. I was like ‘I’m back in the gym, I’ll be able to do a few things’. And they were like ‘hold on here a second, we’ll have to make sure you’re ok to walk first of all’. Walk before you run. I’m doing bike and things, it’s obviously not the same.
“Hopefully now in a couple of weeks, hopefully, we’re still involved in different things. There are a big couple of games coming up for us.”
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