Saturday 24 February 2018

Cadogan tipped to return

Cork's Eoin Cadogan. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile
Cork's Eoin Cadogan. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile

Paddy Hickey

CORK football selector Ger O'Sullivan says he's confident the Rebels will be boosted by the return of dual ace Eoin Cadogan for the All-Ireland semi-final against Dublin on Sunday week.

Like his hurling team-mates, Cadogan is still smarting from the 12-point hammering by Kilkenny in Sunday's penultimate showdown.

But O'Sullivan feels that the Douglas clubman will put his hurling disappointment to one side, and now devote his full focus towards helping out Conor Counihan's troops in their pursuit of All-Ireland glory.

"We expect Eoin (Cadogan) to take part in our training session tomorrow night," said O'Sullivan. "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.

"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.

"In this year's league, he played in a number of matches, including the one against Dublin at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

"Eoin is a very adaptable type of player, he's certainly one of the most outstanding club footballers in the county."

The availability of Cadogan counterbalances to some extent the fact that the Leesiders are set to be without inspirational defender Graham Canty and forward Ciaran Sheehan.

Team captain Canty pulled his hamstring and Sheehan picked up a knee injury in the quarter-final win over Roscommon last Sunday week.

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

"But at the same time, it's not looking good for the two lads. Graham has a grade two hamstring tear, which takes four to six weeks to heal, and he will have only three weeks. Ciaran looks as if he will need to have a cartilage operation on his knee."

But O'Sullivan feels that Cork have sufficient strength in depth to cope with the absence of Bantry Blues clubman Canty.

"Because of injury, we didn't have Graham for any of our matches in this season's league, but yet we won the league title," he pointed out. "So that's encouraging for us."

Irish Independent

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