Walsh and Cadogan to miss out on crucial Tipp clash

Walsh and Cadogan to miss out on crucial Tipp clash
Aidan Walsh has a hamstring problem. Picture: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

AIDAN Walsh is extremely doubtful while Eoin Cadogan is certain to miss out again for the Cork footballers.

The Cork football camp are steeling themselves for Saturday’s all-important Munster semi-final against Tipperary in Páirc Uí Rinn at 5pm, which is live on RTÉ2, but will be without two of the remaining 2010 All-Ireland winners on their panel.

Walsh sustained a hamstring injury 10 minutes into Cork’s fortunate enough victory over Waterford a few weeks ago and it is believed that he will not have recovered in time for a game that is viewed with a lot of apprehension around the county.

Cadogan has not featured for club or county this season in either code and it seems certain now that he will not figure either this time.

He had surgery on an Achilles problem over the winter, but has since been limited at training and is overdue a return to Cork colours. It seems this game has come too soon for the Douglas defender.

Cork are already without the suspended Alan O’Connor, after he was red-carded late on in the one-point win over the Déise, though Donncha O’Connor is likely to start having shot three points as a sub in Dungarvan.

However, there should be a return to the match day panel at least for Nemo Rangers’ Luke Connolly who hasn’t had any game time in a red jersey since the league loss to Clare back in March.

The Cork team will be announced tomorrow night with the importance of the game heightened because of the fact that a home win is imperative if the grand opening of the new Páirc Uí Chaoimh is to go ahead on July 2, most likely against Kerry who are unbackable favourites to beat Clare this weekend.

A Tipperary win would rule out the final being played in the revamped Stadium, and instead take the provincial decider to Thurles.

Meanwhile, Tipperary boss Liam Kearns has blasted the eight-week suspension handed down to star goalkeeper Evan Comerford after he was sent off in a local club game in the Premier County.

Kearns described the ban as ‘draconian’ and a real hammer blow to his team’s chances on Saturday.

“He has paid a huge price for it but when you are sent off in a club game, it should affect the club and the club scene, and not the inter-county.

“It’s a huge blow for us and it does not appear right or fair that Tipperary football and players should bear the brunt of this.

“There’s something badly wrong there for me, the authorities badly need to look at the rules again.

“We are accepting it now, that’s where we are at but it’s a hammer blow and very hard to take.”

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