Jimmy Barry-Murphy hopeful of quick Christopher Joyce return but Pa Cronin a worry

Cork's Christopher Joyce leaves the pitch after picking up an injury in Saturday night's Allianz HL Division 1A game at Croke Park. Picture: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Cork hurling manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy is hopeful that defender Christopher Joyce, substituted with a knee injury on Saturday, will soon be back in action.

However the Rebels will be without Pa Cronin for the remainder of the league after he underwent surgery on a hand injury sustained in training.

“We’d have to be concerned. Dr Con (Murphy) and Deccie (O’Sullivan, physio) said he’d have to go for a scan and we’ll know more then. We’re hoping for the best.

“It’s a knee injury, you’d always be concerned. It was just an awkward fall, he collided with his man in the air.”

Cronin’s issue is more serious, according to the manager: “Pa (Cronin) tore a tendon (in his hand) very badly, he was operated on yesterday and he’ll be out for seven or eight weeks. He’ll miss the rest of the league, certainly.

“Damien Cahalane had exploratory examination of his knee and he’ll be out for four weeks — hopefully he won’t need surgery.

“Stephen McDonnell has been training and we were lucky to have him there to come in for Christopher, who’s been developing into a great player for us in the last few months. Stephen was outstanding.”

Barry-Murphy picked out several individuals for praise, such as Rob O’Shea, Luke O’Farrell, Cormac Murphy and Lorcan McLoughlin: “From that point of view it’s encouraging that the players we’re bringing in are showing good form and putting pressure on.”

Ger Cunningham said his Dublin side suffered as a result of turnovers but added:

“I thought probably we struggled further back the field as well. And maybe the quality of ball or the amount of ball going in wasn’t great. We weren’t making too many chances.

“But we were beaten in the middle of the field. They were dominating. Our half-back line struggled against the movement or their half-forward line.”

Cunningham was looking forward to getting back on the horse next week against Clare:

“In one sense, it’s not a bad thing. You have just a week to turn it around. We’ve got to regroup and go down and take on the Clare challenge.

Saying that the situation of players in new positions was “constantly under review”, he added it didn’t matter that it had been his own county who’d beaten Dublin: “I think we need to look at players we have playing in multiple positions.

“It was a test, the same as the last two matches. And we’ll reflect on it.

“I know all those guys (Cork), both on the line and on the pitch very well.

“I suppose the disappointing thing was the first half performance. We didn’t get to the pitch of the game.

“That was disappointing and you’re always going to struggle to get back into the game after that.

“It’s a loss. It doesn’t make a difference who beat you.”


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