Tuesday 21 January 2020

Meyler gives Ellis the all-clear

Cork hurling boss John Meyler expects defender Mark Ellis to be available for Sunday week’s All-Ireland SHC semi-final clash with Limerick in Croke Park. (Stock picture)
Cork hurling boss John Meyler expects defender Mark Ellis to be available for Sunday week’s All-Ireland SHC semi-final clash with Limerick in Croke Park. (Stock picture)
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Cork hurling boss John Meyler expects defender Mark Ellis to be available for Sunday week's All-Ireland SHC semi-final clash with Limerick in Croke Park.

Centre-back Ellis hasn't featured for the Rebels since the draw with Limerick in the Munster round robin series last month but he's expected to be fit for the rematch with the Shannonsiders at headquarters.

"At the moment he's fine," Meyler revealed. "He trained Sunday morning and he's training tonight (Tuesday). So hopefully he's fit and ready to go and that's it.

"Mark is back training with us. He's missed out on the last few matches. Darren Browne had a hamstring over the weekend so I expect him to be touch and go. But other than that we have a clean bill of health so we're happy enough."

There was nothing to separate the teams when they met in Páirc Uí Chaoimh in last month with Kyle Hayes grabbing a late point to secure a draw for John Kiely's side after Limerick had been reduced to 14 men following the dismissal of Aaron Gillane.

And Meyler admits that he was impressed with how they resisted a late Kilkenny surge to win last weekend's All-Ireland quarter-final in Semple Stadium.

"(They were) extremely competitive, challenging, very mobile, very young, athletic and fit," he said of Limerick's victory over the Cats.

"They showed great character coming back in the last five minutes when Kilkenny got that goal. To go behind and then to go ahead and score four points to win the game by two showed great character.

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"But I think we've also shown that character at different stages throughout the league, the championship and the Munster final as well against Clare.

"So (Cork and Limerick) are quite similar teams, with great composure and great character in them."

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