Murphy leaves hospital but ruled out of hurling for a month

WATERFORD corner-back Eoin Murphy was released from hospital yesterday after fracturing his skull in a club match last Friday night.

Murphy, 32, returned home to Midleton from Cork University Hospital but has been told to rest up completely for the next month.

The severe nature of Murphy’s injury naturally throws his participation in this year’s senior hurling championship into some doubt.

But, as Déise county board chairman Tom Cunningham acknowledged, the over-riding emotion at the present time is that the Shamrocks defender has received the all-clear from medics.

Cunningham said: “I’m delighted that he’s home and we all hope to see Eoin back in the club and county jersey soon.”

Meanwhile, Eoin Kelly’s appearance at training with the Waterford hurlers last night has put an end to rumours that he had left the squad. Passage star Kelly was reportedly on the receiving end of some verbals against his old club Mount Sion in a club outing last weekend.

The Cork team for Sunday’s Munster MHC semi-final playoff against Tipperary in Thurles shows no change in personnel from the team that overcame Kerry last weekend in the first playoff. A switch of wing-backs — Cormac Walsh and Killian Burke criss-crossing – is the only alteration made by manager John Considine and his selectors to the starting line-up.

Tipperary likewise give a vote of confidence to those who started in the defeat by Waterford in their only outing to date (2-16 to 1-13), a result that condemned Tipp to the back-door route for the second year in a row. They do have two changes in personnel, but both are enforced. Shane Hassett (goalkeeper) and Bill Maher (midfield) replacing the injured Clonoulty Rossmore duo James Maher and Sean Maher.

There are several positional changes, however, with Dan McCormack going from full-forward to the 40, Conor Hammersley from midfield to wing-forward, Pat Ralph moving from centre-forward to the corner, Liam McGrath (first-cousin of senior star Noel) now on the edge of the square.

Regardless of who wins, they will need to improve to get past Clare, who demolished Kerry (6-25 to 1-8), are regarded as provincial favourites by many shrewd observers.

TIPPERARY (v Cork, Munster MH semi-final playoff): S Hassett; J Bourke, J Meagher, J Peters; T Hamill, J Forde, C Barrett; B Maher, E Fennelly; C Hammersley, D McCormack, T Kirwan; P Ralph, L McGrath, C Horan.

Cork (v Tipperary, Munster MH semi-final playoff): G Minihane; Alan Dennehy, C Barry, Anthony Dennehy; C Walsh, C Spillane (c), K Burke; S O’Keeffe, K McIntyre; A Cadogan, D Cahill, C Murphy; P O’Callaghan, D Sweetman, R O’Shea.

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