Canty to end 10-month absence

Graham Canty will make his long-awaited championship return for Cork this weekend when the Rebels take on Limerick in their Munster SFC quarter-final (Pairc Ui Chaoimh, throw-in 3.30pm).

Graham Canty will make his long-awaited championship return for Cork this weekend when the Rebels take on Limerick in their Munster SFC quarter-final (Pairc Ui Chaoimh, throw-in 3.30pm).

The Bantry Blues clubman will be making his first competitive appearance for Cork since rupturing his cruciate knee ligament in last year's Munster SFC final replay against Kerry.

Canty proved his fitness by playing in a recent challenge match against Laois and he has also seen club action.

The National League form of statuesque forward Michael Cussen has earned him his championship debut. Cork manager Billy Morgan has slotted the 6ft 7in Glanmire clubman in at full-forward, where he will look to cause havoc in the Limerick defence.

Limerick's hopes of beating last year's All-Ireland semi-finalists have been helped by the return to fitness of big midfielder John Galvin. The Croom clubman injured himself against Cork in the league last month but has been passed fit for the championship opener.

Galvin will partner Timmy Carroll at centre-field in a Limerick side that includes four championship debutants - defenders Diarmuid Carroll and Pa Ranahan and forward duo James Ryan and Thomas Cahill.

Cork and Limerick are meeting for the second successive year in the championship with the Shannonsiders trying to avenge last year's 0-9 to 0-5 defeat in the Munster semi-final.

The counties have met 23 times in the Munster championship with Cork, the current provincial champions, winning 20 of those games to Limerick's three.

CORK (SFC v Limerick) - A Quirke; M Shields, G Canty, K O'Connor; N O'Leary, G Spillane, A Lynch; D Kavanagh, N Murphy; C McCarthy, P O'Neill, K McMahon; J Masters, M Cussen, D O'Connor.

LIMERICK - S Kiely; D Carroll, J McCarthy, S Gallagher; P Ahern, P Browne, P Ranahan; T Carroll, J Galvin; S Lavin, J Ryan, T Cahill; J Cooke, S Buckley, M Reidy.

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