Sherlock joins the casualty list for the Cork footballers ahead of Premier showdown

Sherlock joins the casualty list for the Cork footballers ahead of Premier showdown
Steven Sherlock gets away from his Louth marker during the the league. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

CORK are planning to name their team on Tuesday for the Munster football semi-final against Tipperary in Thurles on Saturday, throw-in, 7pm.

It will be the first in championship for new coach Ronan McCarthy, who has a number of injuries to contend with before deciding on the 15 starters and the 26-strong panel in all.

Indeed such is the level of concern that Cork may not be in a position to finalise their travelling party, especially given Croke Park guidelines.

Cork must submit their team and substitutes by Thursday after which they cannot make a change. McCarthy, accordingly, may adopt a cautious approach.

Nemo Rangers' Paul Kerrigan has been injured since the All-Ireland club series. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Nemo Rangers' Paul Kerrigan has been injured since the All-Ireland club series. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

The main concerns are Paul Kerrigan, Sean Powter, Brian O'Driscoll, Cillian O'Hanlon and Steven Sherlock, who became the latest casualty after guiding St Finbarr's to an extra-time win over Éire Óg in the county U21 championship at the weekend.

Kerrigan underwent surgery on a finger injury sustained in Nemo Rangers' All-Ireland Club bid while Powter suffered a serious hamstring injury in the opening Division 2 league game against Tipp.

O'Driscoll has also been nursing a long-standing hamstring injury with O'Hanlon sustaining a similar injury playing for his club Kilshannig.

It's unlikely they will play any part, though they've not been ruled out officially. Cork trained on Saturday morning at the Mardyke and will do so again this evening and Thursday.

McCarthy was among the 1,658 attendance to run the eye over Tipp in their emphatic 0-20 to 0-9 win over Waterford last Saturday.

“It went as we expected with Tipp having a comfortable win in a game in which they were never in any danger of losing,” he said.

The counties met in the last two seasons with Cork winning by a point in 2017 and Tipp by two in 2016.

“It doesn't always work out like just because the last two championship meetings were very close.

"Each individual game takes on a dynamic of its own, but it would be reasonable to expect another tight game.

“Tipp beat us by a couple of goals in the league at Páirc Uí Chaoimh at the end of January. I think it will be nip and tuck,” McCarthy commented.

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