CORK’S John Miskella has been ruled out of the Rebels’ Munster SFC semi-final against Limerick on June 15.
The Ballincollig player fractured his shoulder AC joint in a challenge game last weekend against Dohenys and will be out of action for up to two months.
Apart from missing the Cork game, he will be an enormous loss to Ballincollig, who play St Nicks in the county SFC second round at Ballygarvan on Sunday.
“The injury couldn’t have come at a worse time for John,” said club coach Tom Dorgan. “He had been in tremendous form for both club and county and it’s a real sickener for him to miss out on both fronts now.
“The only saving grace from a club point of view is that the accident didn’t occur during the championship game. It would throw us into all sorts of trouble.
“At least we’ve had a week to plan without John but he is going to be impossible to replace. On a brighter note, Stephen O’Donoghue is back to full fitness.
“Between club hurling and football and county football, he has been extremely busy and picked up a couple of knocks along the way.
“He hasn’t been named on the official Cork senior football panel but a good display on Sunday should see him pick up one of the five remaining places.”
According to county selector Jim Nolan, Anthony Lynch continues to be a worry. “He is troubled with a calf injury but with a fortnight go to the game, is expected to recover in time.”
Nicholas Murphy who went over on an ankle in training during the week, is on the mend and there is no danger of he missing out on for the trip to the Gaelic Grounds to play the Shannonsiders in the Munster semi-final.
Meanwhile on the hurling front, the selectors have no serious worries ahead of the Munster semi-final against Tipperary on June 8.
“Apart from a few bumps and bruises, we expect to have a full panel to choose from when we sit down to select the team to play Tipp,” said selector Martin Bowen.
Brian Geary is on the brink of a return to action for Limerick senior hurlers as they continue their build-up to their June 22 Munster championship semi-final against Clare or Waterford.
The Monaleen player has been out of action since last October due to a cruciate knee injury. He is back in full training and may play a part when Limerick face Dublin this weekend.
Another player likely to return is Denis Moloney, also out for a long spell due to a cruciate knee problem; he is back playing with Doon.
Definitely out are Brian Begley and Maurice O’Brien, who are no longer members of the panel while Kevin Ryan, who broke a finger playing for Na Piarsaigh against Granagh-Ballingarry, is also unavailable.
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