Wednesday 23 August 2017

Cork sweat on Lehane scan as Rossies suffer Harney blow

Cork's Conor Lehane. Photo: Sportsfile
Cork's Conor Lehane. Photo: Sportsfile

Cork star Conor Lehane will discover today if he has a chance of playing in next month's Munster hurling final against Clare.

Lehane was man of the match in the provincial quarter-final victory over Tipperary, scoring ten points, before adding four from play against Waterford last Sunday in another impressive display.

The Midleton clubman defied an ankle injury to face the Déise.

Lehane was forced off late on with a recurrence of the ligament damage that had threatened his participation in the Semple Stadium clash, and has been on crutches since. The swelling on his ankle was too severe early in the week to undergo tests but he will be scanned today.

Manager Kieran Kingston will also monitor a hectic weekend of club activity, hoping no fresh injury concerns arise: 11 of the players who started against Waterford are in action.

Blow

Meanwhile, Roscommon's preparations for the Connacht football final against Galway have been dealt a blow, with Ultan Harney and Ciaran Cafferkey both ruled out for the rest of the summer.

Neither player featured in the semi-final win over Leitrim last weekend.

There are also doubts whether Tom Corcoran, Kevin Higgins and Fergal Lennon can make it back for the latter end of the Championship, and goalkeeper Colm Lavin picked up a groin injury this week that will have to be assessed.

"Ultan has a stress fracture of his lower back. He's a huge loss," said manager Kevin McStay. "It looks like a season-finishing injury for him.

"He is one of the top two or three underage players to come out of this county in the last ten years. He's in the Damien Comer league."

Irish Independent

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