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Henry Shefflin: Recovery a big test for Kilkenny after 'draining occasion'

Updated: Monday, 08 Jul 2013 12:05 | Comments

Henry Shefflin made his return last Saturday as the Cats overcame Tipperary
Henry Shefflin made his return last Saturday as the Cats overcame Tipperary

Henry Shefflin says Kilkenny will need to recover quickly ahead of next weekend’s qualifier showdown with Waterford.

The All-Ireland champions face the Déise in Thurles on Saturday (7pm) in what will be their fourth game in four weeks.

Shefflin, who made a dramatic return to action after an eight-month lay-off in their win over Tipparary, told RTÉ Sport: “It’s up to the management team to get the recoveries right, it’s going to be a big test for the lads.

“It was a very draining occasion, mentally and emotionally, for all the players.

“They need to get their feet back on the ground. We’ve a massive match again next Saturday night. That’s the thing with the qualifiers, they come thick and fast. We’re thrilled to be there and we look forward to it.”

“Just to get back on the field, put on the helmet, put on the boots and get a jersey was special occasion.” - Henry Shefflin

The nine-time Liam MacCarthy winner also revealed he didn’t know if he would get a run against the Premier County, having been out of action since sustaining a foot injury while playing for his club, Ballyhale Shamrocks, in December.

“I didn’t know if I was going to be coming in or not,” said the 34-year-old who played the last five minutes of the game in Nowlan Park.

“Just to get back on the field, put on the helmet, put on the boots and get a jersey was special occasion.

It’s been a long eight months but it’s great that Kilkenny won first and foremost and that’s the most pleasing aspect.”

The Kilkenny v Waterford clash will be the second game of a doubleheader in Thurles next Saturday.

In the opening game at Semple Stadium, Clare will face Wexford. Throw-in for that game will be 5pm.

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