Cork dual star Eoin Cadogan will miss both National League Division One deciders after suffering a stress fracture to his foot that will see him sidelined for up to eight to 12 weeks.
Cadogan has been suffering with an injury to his foot in recent weeks and after the NHL Division One victory against Tipperary last Sunday week, the problem worsened.
He travelled with the hurling squad to Portugal last Wednesday for a five-day warm-weather training camp but was unable to partake in any of their training at the Algarve resort due to the injury.
The extent of the injury has now been confirmed and he will be sidelined for Sunday week’s NFL Division One decider against Mayo in Croke Park and the NHL Division One showdown against Galway in Semple Stadium on May 2.
“I’m devastated to pick up this leg injury at this time of the year,” Cadogan said.
“Rest is the immediate cure for the injury, but I will be undergoing an intensive program of physio and swimming as soon as I am allowed.
“I hope to be back after eight weeks.”
The news represents a massive blow to both Cork hurling boss Denis Walsh and his football counterpart Conor Counihan with Cadogan now facing a race against time to be fit for both side’s respective championship openers.
It is hoped that Cadogan will recover in time for Cork’s Munster SHC quarter-final against Tipperary on May 30 and their Munster SFC semi-final tie against either Kerry or Tipperary a week later but at the moment Cadogan is classed as a doubt for those ties.
The injury is a major setback to the Douglas player after he has undergone a hectic season since choosing to combine both codes at senior level for the 2010 campaign.
He will also now miss out for his club in the first round of the Cork SFC against Ballincollig on May 16.
Meanwhile, the Cork County Board will not be joining Galway in calling for a change of time for the NHL final on May 2.
That final will be played on the Sunday night at 7pm in order to avoid the televised clash of Munster and Biarritz in the Heineken Cup semi-final which has a 3.15pm start.
Cork and Galway was originally pencilled in for a 3.30pm start in Thurles but the much later starting time has been met with fury in Galway by county board officials.
They are seeking that the game be played at an earlier time on the Sunday, but their preferred option is to play it on the Bank Holiday Monday.
Their chairman Joe Byrne stated today that an earlier start is one option but Monday would be a far more sensible alternative.
However, Cork PRO Ger Lane told the Evening Echo that the match has been fixed for the Sunday night at 7pm and they are now geared for that.
“We will abide by the decision set down by Croke Park and as far as we are concerned it’s going to go ahead at seven o’clock.’’