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Kilkenny pair in fitness fight

Kilkenny pair Henry Shefflin and John Tennyson are trying to "defy" medical opinion in order to play in next month's All-Ireland SHC final, according to manager Brian Cody.

Both players have suffered cruciate ligament injuries, but have not given up hope of facing Tipperary.

"We're talking miracles here. That's really it. They're getting treatment and it's in the lap of the gods," said Cody.

But he added that he and his management team would not be leaving selection decisions until the eleventh hour.

"It won't be a last-minute decision. It won't be. To have a hope of playing they need to be training flat out this week, to be considered for an All-Ireland final they'll have to prove their fitness."

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