Injury woes puts young Rebels under pressure

CORK boss Brian Cuthbert could be without two key defenders for Sunday’s Munster MFC final against Tipperary in Fitzgerald Stadium.

Bishopstown full-back Conor Dorman is almost certain to miss the game due to a medial ligament injury while Tadgh MacCarthaigh’s centre-back Brian O’Driscoll is also a doubt after breaking a bone in his hand in training last Wednesday night.

Ballincollig player Luke Prendergast, who has been a substitute for Cork’s two games this season, has been ruled out with a dislocated kneecap.

“We’re under pressure,” admits Cuthbert.

“Conor is a massive loss as not too many guys can play in that specialist position. Then Brian broke a bone in his hand and when your full-back and centre-back are gone, it’s a tough situation.

“On top of that Luke, who’d been going very well the last few weeks, dislocated his kneecap last week and he’s out.”

Cuthbert has questioned the early throw-in time for next Sunday’s clash, with the noon start set to causeproblems for David Harrington (Adrigole), Dan MacEoin (Ilen Rovers) and Stephen O’Mahony (Gabriel Rangers) who will all face long early-morning journeys.

“The one issue I’d have is that we’d have guys in the deepest parts of west Cork who’ll probably have to get out of bed at 7am.

“It’s like something out of the 1950s when Mick O’Connell used to have to row the boat from Valentia to get to games.

“If you’re playing at noon, you’re going to be in the dressing room at 11am, you’ll be leaving Cork city at 9am.

“These guys will be coming cross-country so they’ll be out of bed at 7am, and then expected to perform at their peak at noon. It’s part and parcel of it I guess but it’s not ideal.”

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