Friday 17 January 2020

Miskella injury blow for Cork

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Cork will have to plan without their All Star half-back John Miskella for the early stages of the National League.

Miskella has a groin injury and manager Conor Counihan expects to be without him for the foreseeable future. And Graham Canty is also a doubt because of injury ahead of their opening league match against Monaghan on Sunday.

"Johnny is in a bit of bother with a groin injury. He's going to be out for a while," said Counihan.

Counihan's Cork did not participate in the McGrath Cup which Kerry won last weekend and he feels this could have a detrimental effect in the opening games of Division 1.

"We're a bit disjointed. We haven't been involved in the McGrath Cup and we could have done with a game or two to knock the cobwebs out," he said.

But he's not about to oversee major change after they lost last year's All-Ireland final by four points.

"If we could get the right approach and the right commitment we won't be changing much. There would have to be an element of change but nothing major. It's going to be difficult to come back because the dominance of a small number of teams is gone. Anyone of 10 teams could probably win it, not like years ago," he said.

Meanwhile, Matty Forde's inter-county career with Wexford's footballers is on the brink as he continues to suffer back pain eight months after having an operation. "It's been over a year since I did any serious training, I'm falling way behind and frankly time is running out," he said.

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Elsewhere, Tyrone are hopeful that forward star Stephen O'Neill will only be out for eight weeks after dislocating his elbow in the McKenna Cup final.

It was initially feared he would be out for three months at least but it now looks likelier to be closer to two months.

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