SEAN POWTER and Paul Kerrigan are set to miss the opening round of the Munster football championship revealed Cork boss Ronan McCarthy, while Barry O’Driscoll has opted out of the panel.
Powter has been absent since the league opener with a hamstring injury while Kerrigan damaged his finger in Nemo’s All-Ireland club semi-final and both are unlikely to play for the Rebels against the winners of Tipp-Waterford.
O’Driscoll has decided not to commit to Cork duty after a hectic run with Nemo. Aidan Walsh will return though from his shoulder problem after he lined out for Kanturk last weekend.
“I think the game will too soon for Sean Powter and for Paul Kerrigan, but Aidan should be fine,” explained McCarthy at the launch of the championship in Bunratty. “He’s back training fully. That’s obviously a positive.
"Paul – it’ll be too soon for him though we haven’t ruled him out. It’d be a major surprise, though, if Sean Powter and Paul Kerrigan play any role.
“Barry’s opted out. We laid our cards on the table, we wanted him to be there and he said he wanted to opt out. We’ll move on.
“I can only go back to when I played myself, and I’d want to be there but everyone makes their own decision. At the end of the day Barry was straight up, no messing.”
Centre-back Brian O’Driscoll is also unavailable with a torn hamstring, though he could come back in the summer, as surgery has been ruled out for now. Castlehaven’s Brian Hurley is back in light training after togging out for his club’s juniors and then Cork in a challenge match against Galway, which also featured James Loughrey.
“Brian O’Driscoll has been in London, he’s gotten the best medical advice, but we’re just a bit uncertain. We’ll give him every chance.
“Brian Hurley’s come a long road. Let’s not lose the run of ourselves, it was 25 minutes of a challenge, but it’s a bonus.
“He has a tremendous attitude, it’s infectious. He went into the game and the Galway full-back knew he was there immediately and people rise to that.”
Meanwhile, hurling manager John Meyler confirmed – as detailed in Monday's Evening Echo – that Tim O’Mahony could be ruled out against Clare on May 20 with an elbow injury after going off for Newtown against Kanturk.