TIM O’MAHONY and Alan Cadogan are big injury concerns in the Cork hurling camp in advance of next Sunday’s Munster championship opener against Clare at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, 4pm.
O’Mahony sustained an elbow injury in a senior club championship game for Newtownshandrum against Kanturk recently while Cadogan missed the opening championship game with Douglas against Killeagh with a leg injury.
Their time on the training ground has been very limited and, according to selector Kieran Murphy, they are doubtful for the big game.
“Tim had the fracture on the elbow. He has been back doing some light hurling and things like that. The hope is to introduce him into contact this week and see how he reacts to that, we just don’t know.
“It would be different if you were facing Clare last year in this scenario and you had three weeks to your next game.
“You could take a risk but now you have to weigh up the options of, is it worth playing him and what’s the percentage chance of re-aggravating it or if you leave him off another week, can he play at that stage?.
“We must weigh up those things and introduce him to a bit of contact next week. It will depend on how he comes through those few sessions. He was out pucking a bit the other day and there was a bit of a flare-up on it but we have a good medical staff and we will see what they think."
Cadogan is the other big worry in the camp as the countdown to the big, opening day intensifies.
“Alan is a concern as well. He has a ligament damage on his knee, I don’t know the exact name of it but he hasn’t done anything at all with us bar some rehab work with the physios.
“You would be hoping that he’ll do some light pucking with us over the weekend but it’s 50/50 for him now at this stage."
Meanwhile, the scoring honours over the weekend went to Meelin’s Eamon Brosnan who contributed 1-14 for his team in their Cork IHC win over Ballincollig.
A wonderful prospect a few years ago, he has suffered a number of cruciate ligament injuries and has been out of action for a protracted period.
However, he exhibited his class at Banteer yesterday with a superb display of scoring.
There were wins too for Glen Rovers, Midleton, Kildorrery, Tracton, Ballymartle, Mayfield and Barryroe in that competition.