Friday 22 September 2017

Walsh injury fears subside as Canty battles to face Dublin

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Cork's Aidan Walsh is expected to be fit to face Dublin despite picking up a knock in a practice match over the weekend.

As the Rebels leave off a decision on Graham Canty's fitness until as late as possible ahead of Sunday's All-Ireland semi-final, the versatile Walsh joined the injury list when he was forced out of the match on Saturday.

However, despite the severity of the collision that shook Walsh, Cork sources expect him to recover.

Cork captain Canty, though, is rated doubtful after pulling up with a hamstring injury in the second half of the quarter-final win over Roscommon.

A scan revealed a grade-two tear, which usually has a recovery period of four to six weeks. Canty sustained the injury just 16 days ago but is responding well to treatment.

Cork's other chief injury concern, Ciaran Sheehan, has been laid up since the Roscommon game with a cartilage problem, but his prospects of making Sunday's game are better than Canty's.

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Dual star Eoin Cadogan has rejoined the football squad in the last week and provides important defensive cover, but a place among the starting 15 looks unlikely.

Cadogan had not been involved with the footballers since the replayed Munster semi-final against Kerry. He missed all three qualifier games and the quarter-final.

There is plenty of speculation about the make-up of the Cork team for the semi-final.

Although they are the most experienced team in the last four -- this will be their sixth All-Ireland semi-final in a row -- Cork's team is the least settled of the remaining quartet.

Donncha O'Connor is understood to be moving well again and after the impetus he provided against Roscommon, a recall is likely.

Nicholas Murphy also presented a strong case in the second half the last day and is tipped to start, but whether he can last 70 minutes after back trouble remains to be seen.

Dublin have no injury worries and the case for retaining the same team for the fourth successive game remains a strong one, even allowing for Paul Flynn's strong claims ahead of Niall Corkery.

Irish Independent

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