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Sheehan still hopeful of facing Blues

ROOKIE star Ciarán Sheehan hasn't given up hope of regaining fitness in time for Cork's All-Ireland semi-final against the Dublin footballers on Sunday week.

The 19-year-old full-forward has been flagged as a major doubt for the semis after suffering a knee injury during their quarter-final win over Roscommon.

But the player himself has now insisted: "Things are going well in rehab. I've been doing a lot of gym work for the last while and I'll be in there every day for the next two weeks.

"Things are recovering quickly enough, so I'm hoping to be back for the Dublin game. I'm just going to see how it pans out," he added.


For the moment, it seems, Cork have decided to defer a cartilage operation that Sheehan may ultimately require but selector Ger O'Sullivan sounded slightly less positive about his chances of featuring against the Dubs. Hamstrung skipper Graham Canty looks an even bigger doubt.

"We haven't ruled Graham and Ciaran out, and they will continue to receive treatment in the build-up to Sunday week," said O'Sullivan.

"But at the same time, it's not looking good for the two lads ... Ciarán looks as if he will need to have a cartilage operation on his knee."

More positively, dual star Eoin Cadogan is due to resume training with the footballers tonight.

"Of course, it was disappointing for Eoin and the rest of the hurling team the way things went against Kilkenny, but he can now give his full attention to the football team," the selector confirmed.

"Because of his commitment to the county hurlers, Eoin didn't play in any of our matches in this year's championship.

"But it still will be a great boost to have him pushing for a place on the team for the game against Dublin.