Cork hopeful Lehane can start against Tipp with captain Harnedy suspended

Cork hopeful Lehane can start against Tipp with captain Harnedy suspended
Picture: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

A FINAL decision on the fitness of Conor Lehane for Cork’s vital hurling league encounter with Tipperary on Sunday will be taken after training tonight.

The Midleton club man was withdrawn at half-time in the loss to Waterford with an ankle problem. Cork are already without Seamus Harnedy after his red card in the loss to Waterford.

Cork's Seamus Harnedy walks off the pitch after receiving a red card. Picture: INPHO/Oisin Keniry
Cork's Seamus Harnedy walks off the pitch after receiving a red card. Picture: INPHO/Oisin Keniry

Cork boss John Meyler told the Evening Echo that they will look at him tonight and if he comes through he will be good to go for the must-win trip to Thurles.

“We’ll see tonight before making a final decision but, hopefully, he’ll be good to go for us on Sunday.

“Damien Cahalane is still unavailable and will be so for a few weeks yet but Darragh Fitzgibbon is okay and available. Mark Coleman got a game under his belt against Waterford and has had a fortnight since so he is fine too.

“On the extended panel, Eoghan Finn and John Cashman are still on the injured list." 

Meyler accepts that another big challenge awaits on Sunday and he will be hoping for a bit more consistency from the team over the 70 minutes.

“Firstly, we need to be competitive. In the four games that we have played so far, we have been really good at times but we have gone to sleep for periods too.

“We have lost concentration in parts of the game so we’ll hope to improve in that sense.

“Look, it’s a high stakes game, it’s a game that we want to win and try to ensure that we get in another game in the knockout stages rather than a relegation match which would be the case if we lost.’’ 

Tipp are two points better off on the league table than Cork and the Cork boss believes that they will be up for it.

“They will, of course, they lost the last day to Kilkenny but left Pádraic Maher and Noel McGrath on the bench throughout that game.

“They believe that they can beat us in this game and make certain of reaching the quarter-finals.

“We beat them twice last season and, hopefully, we can do so again."

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