Wednesday 17 January 2018

Goulding out of Mayo tie as Rebels' injury crisis deepens

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Daniel Goulding is out of Cork All-Ireland quarter-final against Mayo in Croke Park next Sunday.

Cork County Board confirmed yesterday that Goulding (below) would not play because of the ankle ligament damage he sustained in the 19th minute of the qualifier against Down on Saturday.

A scan revealed the extent of the damage he suffered and a board statement stressed that if Cork did progress, Goulding be monitored on a "week-to-week" basis. But at this stage even an All-Ireland semi-final against Kerry or Limerick may be out of Goulding's reach.

Cork have already lost Colm O'Neill and Ciaran Sheehan to cruciate ligament injuries for the season, while Goulding's most likely replacement Barry O'Driscoll is also ruled out because of a double fracture of the jaw. O'Driscoll only lasted nine minutes when he came on for Goulding's against Down.

Eoin Cadogan is also understood to be nursing a rib injury he picked up on Saturday.

Cork will feature in the showpiece game at 4.0 after the GAA announced the times for the quater-finals yesterday.

It had been anticipated that the two biggest crowd pullers over the weekend, Donegal and Kildare, would anchor the programme on Sunday evening. But instead Kildare have been asked to play for the fourth consecutive Saturday.

The GAA risk not having much more than 20,000 on Sunday, with Kerry and Limerick also on the card. Kerry and Cork are notoriously bad travellers for quarter-finals, with only Mayo likely to bring a sizeable crowd.

The Tyrone/Roscommon fourth-round qualifer tie will be the curtain-raiser on Saturday (4.0).

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