Kilkenny will be without midfielder Michael Fennelly for the All-Ireland final showdown with Tipperary.
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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."
Kilkenny GAA tonight confirm that Ml Fennelly has ruptured his Achilles' tendon & is out of All Irl Final. We wish him well in his recovery.— Kilkenny GAA (@KilkennyCLG) August 15, 2016