Cork selector Pat Ryan confirmed that midfielder Aidan Walsh broke his nose in the second half of the Rebels’ game against Waterford on Saturday night and is a doubt for the Dublin game in two weeks.
“Aidan’s nose is broken, It was just one of those things, I don’t think it was malicious, the referee just missed it on the night.”
Ryan also gave an update on other Cork injuries, including Seamus Harnedy’s prospects of a return to the side against Dublin in a fortnight’s time.
“Colm Spillane, who I thought played well, picked up an injury as well in the second half,” said Ryan.
“Seamus Harnedy (who pulled a hamstring against Galway), we’d be positive enough about him but we won’t take a chance with him either. He had trouble with the hamstring last year as well and missed nearly ten weeks altogether with two spells of injury. If he’s not 100% we won’t play him against Dublin, so we’ll have to see how he goes.”
Despite the result, Cork boss Kieran Kingston insisted that the display showed a marked improvement from their defeat to Galway.
“A lot of people questioned the character of this team last Sunday, but I think the lads showed tonight why we didn’t make a lot of changes — there’s a lot of character in this team,” Kingston said.
“We are disappointed that we lost the game, but I thought the attitude, the work-rate and the way they stuck to the gameplan we worked out was fantastic.”
Meanwhile Waterford manager Derek McGrath also had news of his injured players, saying that last year’s Young Hurler of the Year Tadhg de Burca is “very close” to returning to the Waterford senior side: “Tadhg will be back in the next two or three weeks — the Tipperary game is probably a bit early. Stephen Bennett is making massive progress and could see action before the end of the league.
“Padraic (Mahony) is a shot away yet.”
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