Kilkenny keen on Shefflin's return
Kilkenny officials have sought a second opinion on the severity of Henry Shefflin's knee injury, in the hope that the ace attacker may after all be able to play some part in the All-Ireland SHC final next month.
Shefflin's worst fears were realised this week when scans revealed that he had torn the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee.
Such injuries normally require up to nine months' rehabilitation following surgery.
But Kilkenny have sent Shefflin to Ger Hartmann's sports injury clinic in Limerick with a view to starting more intensive treatment next week, and have not ruled out the possibility that he can be part of their bid to win a fifth successive title.