Cork senior hurler Paudie O’Sullivan is likely to miss the duration of the 2014 Allianz Hurling League, after undergoing a second operation to help him recover from a broken leg.
The Cloyne player sustained a fractured tibia and fibula while playing for East Cork divisional side Imokilly in a county championship game against Cork IT in April. While the tibia had healed following surgery immediately afterwards, the fibula failed to respond as doctors had hoped, necessitating another operation last week.
As a result, O’Sullivan’s recuperation schedule has been put back and he is reluctant to cite a date for a return to the red shirt.
“I had the operation last week,” he said, “we had hoped that the fibula would heal itself but I had a pain there all the time.
“When the doctors looked at it there was an 8mm gap so it needed surgery and hopefully it’ll heal properly now. I’m keen to make sure that I don’t put pressure on myself and say that I’m going to come back on a certain date and then not be able to.
“I’m just trying to focus on getting right now, but it looks like I won’t play in the league.”
When O’Sullivan does return, he will be among the most experienced panel members and he feels it is important that greater leadership is shown now that Tom Kenny has retired.
“Tom was a great player, and he’ll definitely be missed,” O’Sullivan said.
“For all of us, to be able to play alongside him was huge as we would have been supporters of the team when he broke onto it in 2003.
“I’d like to wish him all the best in his retirement as he has been a great servant to Cork hurling. It’s up to everybody else now to step up and fill the gaps that have been left. I think we saw that happening this year and hopefully it will increase in 2014.”
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