Wednesday 13 December 2017

Cadogan out but O'Sullivan return gives Rebels a boost

Eoin Cadogan
Eoin Cadogan
Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

CORK dual star Eoin Cadogan will miss their hurlers' Munster quarter-final with Waterford in a week's time. Rebel boss Jimmy Barry-Murphy confirmed yesterday that the Bishopstown defender has not recovered in time from a hamstring injury.

"We were to train last night and he couldn't train fully so he's not included in the panel for the Waterford game," Barry-Murphy said. "It's tough but everyone else is pretty much okay."

There is some irony in Cadogan's absence as he is one of three Cork players – along with Aidan Walsh and Damien Cahalane – who opted to juggle both codes for the county this year after concentrating solely on football last season.

One consolation for last year's beaten All-Ireland finalists, albeit at the other end of the field, is that Paudie O'Sullivan has made a much quicker than expected return from a horrific leg break to make the panel for the Waterford game.

When he played 35 minutes in a recent challenge game against Wexford it was his first game in 12 months and another half hour against Dublin in Cashel last weekend has convinced Barry-Murphy that the Cloyne forward is ready to re-enter top-flight hurling.

"He's been through a horrendous time with four or five operations and it's been very hard on him mentally so it's great to see him back in contention and it's a great boost," Barry-Murphy said.

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