O’Sullivan underwent a scan on his left knee yesterday in the Mercy Hospital, Cork where scans confirmed he had suffered a recurrence of the injury. There are hopes the cruciate has not been as badly torn as before which would ensure O’Sullivan avoids a surgery, but he is definitely set to miss Wednesday week’s provincial decider against Kerry and the All-Ireland series if Cork triumph.
“It’s a very tough blow for Rory,” admitted Cork manager John Cleary last night. “He worked very hard to get back after tearing the cruciate last year and it’s devastating really that he’s damaged it again. They don’t know yet if he needs an operation, he’ll have to wait a while to find that out but he’s definitely gone for the rest of our campaign which is hugely disappointing.”
Meanwhile, following their defeat of Kilkenny last weekend, the Cork senior hurling selectors have opted to stick with a winning formula and have named the same team for the trip to Semple Stadium to face Tipperary on Sunday.
Manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy continues with the Darren Sweetnam-Lorcan McLoughlin partnership in midfield, while Jamie Coughlan gets a further chance to stake his claim for a championship start as he retains his berth at right corner-forward.
Dohenys' player Sweetnam and Kilbrin's William Egan were on opposing teams last night in the UCC/Carbery clash in the Cork SHC and both came through the game unscathed.
The Tipperary team for the clash shows four changes from the team which started in last weekend’s drawn game with Dublin.
Brendan Cummins, Paul Curran, Conor O’Mahony and John O’Brien are all recalled to the starting line-up in place of Darren Gleeson, Conor O’Brien, John Coghlan and John O’Neill.
Galway have been forced to give Jamie Ryan the daunting task of replacing James Skehill in goal for their Allianz 1A trip to Nowlan Park on Sunday to face Kilkenny.
Skehill suffered a dislocated shoulder in their defeat to Waterford last weekend at Pearse Stadium while in defence, veteran Tony Óg Regan comes in for Niall Donohue at right-wing back. In the other personnel changes, Brian Flaherty comes in for Conor Cooney after impressing off the bench in that win over Waterford and he partners Davy Burke who hit three points last time out.
Manager Anthony Cunningham also recalls Ardrahan’s Iarlaith Tannian at full-forward, with Barry Daly and Damien Hayes in the corners. Wing forward Joe Cooney is the other change, and he replaces Cyril Donnellan in the half-forward line.
CORK [SH v Tipperary]: D Óg Cusack; S O'Neill, S McDonnell, B Murphy; S Óg Ó hAilpín, E Cadogan, W Egan; L McLoughlin, D Sweetnam; C Lehane, P Cronin, C Naughton; J Coughlan, P O'Sullivan, P Horgan.
TIPPERARY (v Cork): B Cummins; D Maher , P Curran, M Cahill; T Stapleton, C O’Mahony, P Maher; B Maher, J Woodlock; G Ryan, N McGrath, P Bourke; S Bourke, B O’Meara, J O’Brien.
GALWAY [SH v Kilkenny]: J Ryan; D Connolly, D Collins, G O'Halloran; T Óg Regan, F Moore, J Coen; D Burke, B Flaherty; J Cooney, N Burke, A Smyth; D Hayes, I Tannian, B Daly.
WEXFORD [SH v Laois]: E Martin; W Devereux, P Roche, E Moore; R Kehoe, D Stamp, C Kenny; M O’Hanlon, E Quigley; H Kehoe, J Leacy, D Lyng; P Morris, J Guiney, R Jacob.