GAA: Kilkenny star Richie Power facing up to two months out through injury

Last Updated: 24/06/14 3:12pm

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Richie Power is challenged by Cathal Mannion during Sunday's draw in Tullamore

Richie Power is challenged by Cathal Mannion during Sunday's draw in Tullamore

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Richie Power has been ruled out for up to eight weeks after suffering knee ligament damage in Kilkenny’s draw with Galway.

Power picked up the injury during the second half of Sunday’s thrilling contest in Tullamore and had to be substituted after 53 minutes.

A hospital scan confirmed ligament damage, which could sideline Power until the All-Ireland semi-final stage, should Kilkenny progress that far.

Power missed the Cats’ Leinster Championship quarter-final win over Offaly with a hamstring injury. He could be replaced by Henry Shefflin for Saturday’s Leinster semi-final replay with Galway after the 11-time All Star came off the bench to score a superb late point in the drawn encounter.

Meanwhile, the Leinster Council are considering moving the provincial hurling semi-finals back to Croke Park.

Attendances for this year’s two semi-finals have bettered last year’s figures, while another bumper crowd is expected in Tullamore for the replay between Galway and Kilkenny.

The Leinster Council decided to play the games at provincial venues after crowds dwindled, but those stadia have capacities of less than 30,000.

Leinster Council chief executive Michael Delaney said: “We’re very happy with the two attendances so far and if the trend of greater competitiveness continues we might well be able to justify bringing the semi-finals back to Croke Park."

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