Sunday 24 September 2017

Kingston: Cork have full hand for Déise

Cork manager Kieran Kingston. Photo: Sportsfile
Cork manager Kieran Kingston. Photo: Sportsfile

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Cork hurling manager Kieran Kingston expects to have a full squad to choose from for Sunday week's All-Ireland SHC semi-final against Waterford in Croke Park.

The Rebels named the same starting 15 for each of their three Munster championship games and while attacker Luke Meade missed the provincial U-21 semi-final and final against Waterford and Limerick respectively due to a broken finger, Kingston hopes he will be available.

"Luke Meade is on the way back," he revealed.

"He had a small operation on his finger and he is due back full training tomorrow night. He is looking good. When I say looking good, we'll see how he is. He'd be hopeful he'd be okay.

"It was his small finger. There were pins and wires which he got put in there three weeks ago, he got it done just after the Munster final.

"He should be fine as it is only his small finger. But he had to get it done at the same time.

"We've a couple of guys with knocks but nothing that means we are ruling out anyone. You've nearly another two weeks of training so there is always a risk. But at the moment, we are more or less okay."

Kingston sympathises with the situation of Waterford's Tadhg de Búrca, who is facing a suspension for the game following a red card in the quarter-final win over Wexford.

However, the Rebels boss says he isn't in a position to offer an opinion on whether the Déise sweeper was dealt with fairly or not, though.

"I didn't see the incident so I can't really comment on it," he said.

"We haven't discussed it. Nobody likes a player missing an All-Ireland semi-final. No player likes missing an All-Ireland semi-final. We would be the same.

"You always run the risk of losing someone from a training-ground injury. Every game you go out, there is always the risk that you won't have your full compliment. That's just part and parcel of it."

In 2014, Kingston was the Cork coach as they lost to Tipperary in the All-Ireland semi-final after winning Munster. Trying to deal with the five-week lay-off since the Munster final is a challenge, but Kingston isn't over-emphasising it either.

"We won't be using the excuse of the five-week break if we don't perform on the day," he said.

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