Kilkenny defender Jackie Tyrrell is expected to be discharged from hospital today after undergoing surgery to repair a stress fracture to his ankle suffered in training.
He will miss the All-Ireland hurling semi-final with Waterford on 9 August. Richie Power will also miss the game with Michael Fennelly also a doubt for the Cats.
After conceding that the semi-final would come too soon for seven-time All-Ireland winning Tyrrell, his manager Brian Cody was drawn on whether or not it could be a season-ending injury.
Cody told RTÉ Sport: “We’re all hoping he’ll be able to get back after a few weeks but it’s impossible to know. The surgeon will dictate what will happen obviously and how his recovery goes after the operation and that.
“But if we can win the semi-final, he’ll want to be available for the final and to be available for club matches later on as well.
“Players would love to be able to do without injury, but it’s part and parcel for a lot of players, and the timing of Jackie’s injury is most unfortunate because it’s a time of the year when an awful lot is happening.
“He’s a huge loss to the team but the personal loss is very unfortunate.”