Saturday 22 July 2017

Cork dynamo Lehane on course for Munster final

Cork hurler Conor Lehane. Photo: Sportsfile
Cork hurler Conor Lehane. Photo: Sportsfile

Jackie Cahill

Conor Lehane will be fit for Cork's Munster senior hurling final clash with Clare next month.

The in-form Midleton clubman - who has collected 0-14 in two championship games - aggravated an ankle ligament injury during the semi-final victory over Waterford nine days ago and was on crutches last week before undergoing tests.

It took a number of days for the swelling in Lehane's ankle to subside before he was scanned on Friday.

However, Cork manager Kieran Kingston indicated last night that the player sustained no additional damage, after the original injury had threatened his participation in the Waterford clash.

Lehane was forced off late on with a recurrence of the problem, but Kingston is confident that his centre-forward will be fit to line out against the Banner County.

Bill Cooper picked up a hamstring strain in training last week, but will have recovered in time for the Semple Stadium showpiece.

Fitness

Meanwhile, Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald is expecting Conor McDonald and Shaun Murphy to play a full part in training this evening, as they aim to prove their fitness ahead of next Sunday's Leinster final against Galway.

McDonald is recovering from an ankle problem, while sweeper Murphy has also found himself on the treatment table following the victory over Kilkenny.

Defender Damien Reck will miss out again with a serious ankle ligament injury, while Andrew Shore, who's recovered from cruciate knee ligament damage, could face a fresh spell on the sidelines with a shoulder problem.

Elsewhere, Dublin manager Ger Cunningham is planning without injured trio Cian Boland, Darragh O'Connell and Cian Mac Gabhann for Dublin's home qualifier against Laois at Parnell Park on Saturday.

Oisin Gough has also emerged as a serious doubt for that game, after injuring his hamstring, but Cuala clubmate Jake Malone and Ben Quinn should be fit.

Elsewhere, Carlow player Richard Kelly has been given the all-clear after he was X-rayed on Sunday night. Wing-back Kelly was removed by ambulance from the pitch following the SHC preliminary round defeat to Laois after he sustained a back injury in the closing seconds.

There was huge concern for Kelly, who was involved in a serious car accident in December 2013, but Barrowside manager Colm Bonnar confirmed last night that the Mount Leinster Rangers player did not require an overnight stay in hospital, and that the X-ray showed no serious damage.

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