THE Cork hurling squad have been released by the management to play league games with their clubs this weekend.
With Cork’s interest in the NHL now at an end, the players will mix county training with playing for their clubs over the coming weeks and when the situation in the national league becomes more clear cut, Kieran Kingston’s management team plan to get in some challenge games before the commencement of the Munster championship in May.
The management are currently reviewing the league campaign which concluded last Sunday with the defeat to Galway and which saw them win two of their five games and lose three.
They are also keeping a very close eye on the injury situation which left them without some key players during the campaign.
That list was quite extensive and included former captain Stephen McDonnell who missed the entire list of league fixtures.
He’s still a few weeks away from being back in the equation but with a ten-week gap to the start of the championship, he should be back challenging.
Sean O’Donoghue is expected to return to training next week and Alan Cadogan should join him.
Declan Calton has a fractured finger and is marked absent for a few weeks while Fr O’Neill’s clubmate Ger Millerick remains on the sideline with a back injury.
Damien Cahalane has served his two match ban after his sending off against Westmeath but Robbie O’Flynn, dismissed in Salthill last Sunday, will miss the first round of the Munster championship against Limerick.
The vast majority of the squad are available for league games this weekend, starting with the ‘Barrs against Bishopstown tonight with the two Cahalanes, Damien and Conor involved.
Midleton play Erin’s Own on Saturday with Conor Lehane, Sean O’Leary-Hayes and Robbie O’Flynn on opposing sides while the Rockies play Douglas, a game that Eoin Cadogan, Shane Kingston and Brian Turnbull could feature in for Douglas and Michael O’Halloran for Blackrock.
Kanturk play the Glen, a game that could see Anthony Nash, Aidan Walsh and Patrick Horgan in opposition while Newcestown, with Luke Meade, take on Darragh Fitzgibbon’s Charleville.
Sars are scheduled to face Tim O’Mahony’s Newtownshandrum while Christopher Joyce should feature for Na Piarsaigh against Bride Rovers.