Rebels allay injury fears

Cork manager Conor Counihan expects to have a full squad for the Munster SFC semi-final clash with Clare at Cusack Park in Ennis on June 16.

Before throw-in against Limerick on Saturday, Cork made two changes to the side selected for the game as Eoin Cadogan and Aidan Walsh were replaced by James Loughrey and Alan O’Connor respectively. Cadogan has been struggling with an ankle injury since March and is progressing well while Walsh’s leg complaint surfaced last week, but Counihan does not expect either player — or Jamie O’Sullivan, who limped off in a Bishopstown’s county SFC loss to Ilen Rovers — to be out for much longer.

“Aidan got a knock on Thursday night,” he said.

“It was just at the end of training, we thought that he might be able to come through. We left it down to the wire to see how he’d come, he didn’t but it’s minor enough. We had hoped that Eoin might have progressed, but look, he’s very close. Overall, we’d be reasonably happy with where we are.”

Cork’s semi-final against Clare will represent the first time since 1989 that Mick O’Dwyer will have managed a side against the Rebels in the championship, and Counihan is anticipating a challenge.

“Sure he has had a plan for Cork with the last 40 or 50 years!” he said.

“No doubt he will, he’s a marvellous man, he has given so much to the GAA. I’d prefer to be going head-to-head against somebody else now at this stage.”


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