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Michael Fennelly Delivers Promising Update On Kilkenny Comeback Date

Leinster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 3/7/2016 Kilkenny vs Galway Kilkenny's Michael Fennelly Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Last August, Kilkenny overcame Waterford in a pulsating contest in the All-Ireland semi-final replay in Thurles. However, it came at a cost as Michael Fennelly suffered an Achilles tendon rupture.

Since then, the Cats went on to comprehensively lose the All-Ireland final to Tipp, and endured a mixed League campaign, with the losses to Clare and Wexford, in particular, raising several questions.

The Ballyhale Shamrocks star’s absence and Kilkenny’s inconsistency are by no means coincidental.

The 2011 Hurler of the Year is regarded as the engine of this Black and Amber side, and when he is on top form, the Cats look a far slicker outfit.

Due to the severity of the injury suffered, Fennelly has not returned with Championship just around the corner.

GAA All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final Replay, Semple Stadium, Tipperary 13/8/2016 Kilkenny vs Waterford Kilkenny's Michael Fennelly goes off injured Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Kilkenny will take on either Wexford or a team from the qualifying group in the Leinster semi-final. The 32-year-old is likely to miss that, but could be in contention for the Cats’ next game, be it a qualifier or the Leinster final.

According to Jackie Cahill, writing in the Irish Independent, Fennelly is on the comeback trail.

“It’s about eight months since the operation at the end of August.

“I’m back doing a small bit of hurling this week but I’m a good maybe six, seven weeks off being back to full pace. The last number of weeks and months has just been the gym, running constantly. It’s a slow process, a slow burn.”

With the Leinster final just over seven weeks away, it may be a tough ask to return but he may be in contention. Nonetheless, it is looking increasingly likely that we will see Fennelly back in the Black and Amber at some point this summer.

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Make sure to catch up with the latest episode of the 16th Man, where we talk hurling structures and preview the final round of games in the Leinster qualifying group.

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