CORK hurling boss Kieran Kingston expects Alan Cadogan to be fit to line out with Douglas in the Cork SHC next Sunday against Cork IT.
The star forward was replaced during the course of Cork’s challenge encounter with Limerick last Sunday night with a bit of a knock but it is nothing serious, according to the Cork manager.
With the showdown against Tipperary in the Munster SHC looming large on the horizon, there are one or two injury concerns in the camp.
Mark Coleman did not feature for Blarney in the PIHC win over Watergrasshill with a hamstring strain but he’ll be back training next week. Conor Lehane took a knock in training but, on both counts, there is optimism.
“Mark should be back training next week and we’ll assess Conor after the weekend but we’d be optimistic with both of them. A lot of the lads are going to be involved with their clubs, colleges and divisions over the coming weekend so we’ll be hoping for a clean bill of health in the aftermath of those games."
Despite losing to Clare and Limerick in recent challenge encounters, Kingston was happy with the exercises.
“Yes, those games gave us a chance to see nearly everyone on the panel. It was difficult to over experiment in the league because of the very competitive nature of Division 1A. Those challenges were useful from that viewpoint and you had Conor O’Sullivan playing his first game for us this year as well.’’
Kingston was disappointed to lose to Limerick in the league quarter-final but he believes the season thus far has been positive.
“Of course that loss to Limerick was a disappointment and we were a bit flat on the day but we had five very tough games in the group before that. Overall, I’d be happy enough, we won the Munster League, came second in a very tough Division 1A group and we managed to blood a lot of new, young players.
“We now have 13 U21s in the squad and a lot of them got important game time in those league games. If we were offered all of that at the start of the season we’d certainly have taken it.
“As I said, we have a lot of players involved this weekend in the local championships so, hopefully, there won’t be any injury concerns afterwards. After that it’s all systems for Thurles a fortnight later.’’