ROBBIE O’FLYNN will miss Cork’s trip to Thurles next Sunday as a result of being stretchered off in the second-half of yesterday’s thrilling, opening win over Clare with concussion.
The Erin’s Own club man was detained in CUH last night as a precaution but is expected to make a full recovery and he should be back in action sooner rather than later.
However, with the nature of the injury that he sustained, he will miss the trip to Tipp.
Alan Cadogan, who was on the injured list for yesterday’s five-point win over the Banner, is also unlikely to be available for a game that is now of paramount importance to the home team as a result of their loss to Limerick.
Cork boss John Meyler saluted his players for the manner with which they secured the victory, particularly the strong finish which saw them ahead by five points at the final whistle.
Eleven minutes of time added on had to be played because of the accidental injury to O’Flynn and in that time the Cork supporters were treated to scoring return of 1-5 from their team as against just 0-3 for Clare.
“I was delighted with how we finished out the game. That’s what we said about this team, we need to up our work rate on any team.
“They have superb skill, superb fitness and attitude, we have worked on that but Tipperary, next week, we are going to have to work twice as hard.’’
The Cork boss was immediately putting the victory behind him and already focusing on the next challenge facing his players.
“There are no cushions, this game is over, it’s ten past six now, let’s forget about it. We now have to go to Thurles next Sunday to face Tipperary, that’s the new challenge that’s facing us.
“So what you do this week to recover is critical, it’s a whole change from previous years. You need to keep working, stick to the process, stick to the plan.
“That’s what we did there in the last 10 minutes when we really drove at Clare. We finished out strongly which I liked.’’
Meanwhile, Cork and Tipperary footballers will face off on Saturday night in the Munster semi-final in Thurles with a 7pm start which will clash with the Champions League final.
That game starts at 7.45pm and could significantly impact on the attendance.
Star Tipperary forward Conor Sweeney, who missed the side’s emphatic victory over Waterford, remains a very doubtful starter with a hamstring issue.
“If we had 14 days, Conor would definitely make it but we have only six so it’s going to be very tight.’’