Kilkenny will be without midfielder Michael Fennelly for the All-Ireland final showdown with Tipperary.

We need your consent to load this SoundCloud contentWe use SoundCloud to manage extra content that can set cookies on your device and collect data about your activity. Please review their details and accept them to load the content.Manage Preferences

The Ballyhale man pulled up with ten minutes remaining in his side's semi-final replay with Waterford, and manager Brian Cody confirmed he had suffered an Achilles tendon injury.

The Kilkenny County Board have now confirmed that the 31-year-old has ruptured the tendon.

The 2011 Hurler of the Year is expected to face a long spell on the sidelines.

Speaking after the final whistle on Saturday, former Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy said the loss of Fennelly was "a heavy price to pay."