Monday 26 February 2018

Brian Murphy answers Jimmy Barry-Murphy's call to return to Cork panel

Brian Murphy in action during the 2013 All-Ireland final
Brian Murphy in action during the 2013 All-Ireland final
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Brian Murphy has returned to the Cork hurling squad, almost 20 months on since his last game for the county in the 2013 All-Ireland hurling final replay defeat to Clare.

Murphy retired from the inter-county game after that match but with mounting problems in defence he has answered the call to return to the squad.

Half-back Lorcan McLoughlin became the latest injury victim last week when he dislocated a shoulder, joining Christopher Joyce who ruptured a cruciate liagment earlier this year in a League match against Dublin.

Conor O'Sullivan left the squad in April while William Egan has not returned this season, leaving Cork without four of their 2013 All-Ireland final defence from 2013.

But the return of Murphy, an All-Ireland winner in 2004 and 2005, is a significant boost for the Rebels ahead of their Munster semi-final with Waterford on June 7 and offer Jimmy Barry Murphy and his management team  fresh options.

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