Cork dual star Damien Cahalane is a doubt for Sunday’s Munster hurling final after picking up a freak dressing room injury following the provincial football final.
The 22-year-old suffered a large gash to his heel when he stepped on a medicinal vial in the shower following the defeat to Kerry in Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
It is understood the vial was used in the treatment of Cahalane’s team-mate Ruairi Deane who suffered a suspected cruciate injury in the short period he played as a first half blood substitute for Fintan Goold.
Cahalane’s wound was stitched but he was forced to leave the stadium on crutches and later given a tetanus shot.
Cork sources were last night more hopeful than confident that the Castlehaven/St Finbarr’s man will be able to take his place against Limerick. The cut was so deep it is believed to have required glue stitches.
With a doubt surrounding knee injury victim Mark Ellis, the loss of Cahalane would be a weighty blow to the hurlers as they aim to exact revenge on Limerick for last year’s Munster final reverse.
Cahalane has started all three of Cork’s provincial games this year: playing full-back in the two matches with Waterford before moving to right half-back for the semi-final victory over Clare.
Having sat out hurling last year along with Eoin Cadogan who is tipped to fill the centre-back spot if Ellis is ruled out, Cahalane returned to Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s panel this year after making his championship debut in 2012.
He had double hip surgery at the end of last year and only made his first start for the hurlers in their Division 1 quarter-final loss to Tipperary in March.
He played no part in the footballers’ Munster semi-final over Tipperary but was named to start against Kerry on Sunday, his first competitive game since the Division 1 semi-final defeat to Dublin in Croke Park in April.
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