Kilkenny have been rocked by the news that Ger Aylward is facing a battle to save his season after suffering a cruciate ligament injury.

All Star corner-forward Aylward was forced out of action 19 minutes into Glenmore’s All-Ireland Club JHC semi-final win against Dungourney of Cork on Sunday.

Kilkenny confirmed today that the 23-year-old had fallen victim to the dreaded cruciate injury and will have to plan for his likely absence for the majority of the 2016 campaign.

Glenmore will face Eoghan Rua of Derry in the junior hurling decider on 7 February.

It’s an unwelcome headache for Brian Cody in the wake of eight-time All-Ireland winner Richie Power’s retirement announcement.

The 30-year-old forward had been struggling with a knee injury and had undergone six surgeries on his knee, with his sole competitive appearance for the Cats last season coming as a sub in the All-Ireland final win against Galway.