Shane Kingston loss ‘massive blow’ to Rebels

Cork minor hurling manager Denis Ring has described Shane Kingston’s season-ending injury as a "massive blow" to their Munster and All-Ireland aspirations.

The talented dual player sustained a broken fibula and significant ligament damage in a challenge game against Clare on Wednesday evening, sidelining the Douglas clubman for the remainder of the summer.

Kingston hit 1-9 in Cork’s opening Munster championship bout last month and Ring says his charges now face an “uphill battle” to remain alive in the championship beyond their Munster semi-final date with Limerick on July 1 - Cork had 10-points to spare on the Treaty men in the first round.

“You look at Shane’s contribution on the scoreboard the last day against Limerick and the fact that he was the only member of our team who was on the 2014 Cork team, that tells you exactly how significant he was to this set-up and how significant his loss will be,” said Ring.

“Shane was naturally upset when I spoke with him yesterday, but his concern is that we drive on without him.”

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