Cork forward Ciarán Sheehan will miss the next four weeks of theAllianz Football League Division 1 campaign after a scan revealeda tear to the acromioclavicular (AC) joint in his shoulder.
Sheehan was forced off after suffering the injury in the first-half of last Sunday’s victory over Tyrone.
While Cork selector Ronan McCarthy admits the loss is something they could have done without, the news is tempered by the fact that his clubmate Daniel Goulding (pictured) is due to return from knee surgery soon.
However, Donncha O’Connor is a doubt for Saturday’s home game with All-Ireland champions Donegal.
“It’s a blow,” he said, “Ciarán was in lots of discomfort after the game on Sunday.
“Daniel Goulding is due to return very soon, he has done almost two full weeks of training and has also played in a challenge match against the U21s and also a game for his club.
“I don’t know if Saturday will come too soon for him, he certainly won’t be starting but he could be on the bench, Conor will talk to Colin Lane, the physio.
“Donncha would be a doubt, he has had Achilles trouble for the last couple of weeks. He’ll train again on Thursday and we’ll see how he is then.”
Saturday’s game is a repeat of last year’s All-Ireland semi-final, but McCarthy does not believe revenge will be a motivating factor.
“Honestly, I wouldn’t think so,” he said.
“It’s a different agenda, the focus is on getting two league points, you have to put these things to bed at some point. That was last August, we can’t replay it now, win or lose on Saturday we can’t change the result of the semi-final.
“The focus has to on preparing well, as we have done for the last couple of weeks, looking after what we can look after, and then seeing where it takes us, ” he concluded.
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