Speaking at yesterday’s Leinster Championship launch, Brian Cody gave an update on the Michael Fennelly, Ger Aylward and Padraig Walsh’s injuries.
According to GAA.ie Ger Aylward missed the entire 2016 campaign with a torn ACL suffered February last, and updates from Cody were positive.
“He’s doing well, to be fair, He’s back in decent training with us now. He still hasn’t played a club match. But we’d be hoping Ger would get a club match into him, not this weekend, but in two weeks time. That’s the plan, and hopefully he has no set-back to stop that happening.”
Walsh suffered a heel injury in a recent club match and became a doubt. However, similar to Aylward, Cody is upbeat on Walsh’s chances of returning for championship.
“He’s picked up an injury, how bad is hard to say, We’d be hoping that Padraig will be fine in a couple of weeks, to be honest about it. He just picked up an injury to his heel.”
Unfortunately for followers of the cats, the Kilkenny boss was uncertain of when we can expect to see a return from Michael Fennelly. The Ballyhale native suffered a serious injury in last years clash with Waterford.
Fennelly has fallen victim to injury a number of times in his career unfortunately. Supporters will be hopeful to see him back in the black and amber as soon as possible. Brian Cody is unsure of when this is to be expected.
“He’s in with the group, definitely. Of course it’s great to have Michael back around the place. There is no timeframe on when Michael will actually get back playing.
“There can’t be, because the nature of the injury, it’s a process he is going through and he’s going through it diligently. He’s working really hard, obviously it would be terrific if he could get back but when, we don’t know.”
After a mixed league campaign, the cats will be delighted with a potential return of Ger Aylward, whose 2015 performances earned him an All-Star. Padraig Walsh had a solid campaign at number 3 in the league just gone and will be relied on heavily for the Summer.
Fennelly’s loss is perhaps the greatest, his potential return this Summer will bring a huge boost to the Cats. With all this taken into account, Kilkenny may be in a much healthier position than expected.