DARRAGH Ó SÉ remains upbeat about his chances of playing for Kerry in Sunday week’s Munster football final against Cork in Pairc Uí Chaoimh.
The Gaeltacht star, holder of five All-Ireland medals, is undergoing intensive physiotherapy treatment after aggravating a groin injury in a challenge game against Meath on Monday.
“It’s too early to say at what stage I am at, but it’s responding to treatment,” he commented yesterday. And, based on the progress he has been making, he said that he remains ‘hopeful’ of being able to line out.
The Cork football selectors have no plans at the moment to add to their panel ahead of the game against Kerry. After a spate of recent injures that has ruled out Kevin McMahon, John Miskella, Paudie Kissane and Noel O’Leary, Cork are currently working off a panel of 27 players.
The fact that many players were involved in club action last weekend deprived them of the chance to do train until this week and the Cork junior’s involvement in Wednesday night’s Munster final also ruled out some possible replacements.
Cork played Tipperary in a challenge match on Tuesday night in Páirc Uí Chaoimh and ran out comfortable winners by a 2-16 to 0-3 margin. On the injury front Cork have mixed news over doubts Diarmuid Duggan and Alan O’Connor.
“The news on Diarmuid is positive at this stage,” said selector Jim Nolan. “His leg is coming on well and we’d be hopeful that he’ll be okay. Alan is a different story unfortunately.
“He’s making progress but it is slow at this stage. We’ll have to wait and see whether he’ll be able to recover in time for Sunday week.”
It was announced yesterday that Longford’s Derek Fahy will take charge of the final on Sunday week.
Standby referee is Pat Fox (Westmeath) with Clare’s Michael McGann the fourth official.
Limerick’s coach Mickey Ned O’Sullivan has added two new players to his football panel ahead of the opening round of the All-Ireland qualifiers on July 19.
Limerick suffered a dramatic defeat against Cork in the Munster semi-final two weeks ago, but O’Sullivan has attempted to bolster his options ahead of their qualifier challenge by adding Jimmy Barry-Murphy and Phillip Corrigan to his panel.
Barry-Murphy played for the Limerick juniors during their recent Munster semi-final defeat by Cork and played for the Limerick U21’s earlier this season.
Corrigan also lined out for the U21’s back in March and his inclusion in the senior panel is interesting as he plays his club football for Macroom in Cork. He transferred from his Limerick home club Granagh-Ballingarry to Macroom in 2006 and was part of the Macroom U21 side that were defeated in the 2006 and 2007 Cork U21 football finals.
He is a first cousin of Cork senior footballer Fintan Gould and a nephew of former Cork player Colman Corrigan.
“There’s lots of good young lads out there and we’re conscious of looking after next year,” said Mickey Ned O’Sullivan.
“It’s not a question of being dissatisfied with the lads we have, it’s just trying to bring them on. We’re doing this with the future of Limerick football in mind.”
O’Sullivan also revealed that mood in the camp is upbeat ahead of the qualifiers after that shattering loss to Cork.
“There’s a good vibe in the squad now. We’re looking to drive on after the Cork match. At this stage we’re looking forward to the draw on Sunday night and we’re up for it whoever we’ll be playing against.”
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