ALAN CADOGAN, who was withdrawn in the first half of Cork’s heavy defeat to Tipperary in last Sunday’s league encounter at Páirc Uí Rinn is facing another period on the sidelines, but should be fit for the Munster Championship between the two counties in May.
Cadogan, who was making his first start for Cork since last March due to injury, was replaced after 33 minutes by Shane Kingston and there were fears that he could be looking at another protracted spell on the outside.
However, the medical verdict last night was that he had pulled a quadriceps (quad) muscle and would be out of action for three or four weeks.
That would give him ample time to be ready for the all-important showdown when the Premier County return to Leeside on May 12.
It’s certainly a setback for the hugely talented player who opened the scoring for Cork last Sunday with a fine point inside 10 seconds, but he should be ready for the bigger tests that lie ahead.
There will be a concern in his club, Douglas, too, and it remains to be seen if he will be available for their SFC clash against Bishopstown on April 7 and the hurling championship encounter with Bride Rovers on the 20th of the same month.
The Munster Hurling Championship gets underway on the weekend of May 11/12. It will be a cracking opening weekend with Cork hosting Tipperary at 4pm on the Sunday and Waterford playing Clare in Walsh Park at 2pm.
Cork have one more fixture to fulfil before they get into championship preparation mode and that will be against Kilkenny next Saturday at 2pm in Nowlan Park.
The game is only being played to determine which 2020 Division One group the two counties feature in.
A Cork win will see them grouped alongside Limerick, Tipp, Waterford, Galway and Westmeath in next season’s league while a loss in Nowlan Park will have them playing Wexford, Clare, Dublin, Laois and Carlow.
That game will also ensure that both Seamus Harnedy and Kilkenny’s Conor Delaney don’t serve their bans in the first round of the provincial championships as a result of being dismissed last Sunday against Tipperary and Wexford respectively.