Saturday 24 February 2018

Cork upbeat over McLoughlin fitness

1 April 2012; Lorcan McLoughlin, Cork. Allianz Hurling League Division 1A, Round 5, Tipperary v Cork, Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
1 April 2012; Lorcan McLoughlin, Cork. Allianz Hurling League Division 1A, Round 5, Tipperary v Cork, Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

CORK defender Lorcan McLoughlin is hoping to be fit to face Limerick in the Munster SHC final on Sunday week.

McLoughlin shipped a shoulder injury in the build-up to the Rebels' win over Clare, but he's well on the road to recovery according to selector Ger Cunningham.

"We'd be hopeful that he'll be fit," said Cunningham. "The next couple of days now will tell a lot. He's back doing a bit of hurling and a bit of running."

McLoughlin's return would ease the blow of losing Brian Murphy. Murphy, one of only two survivors from the 2004 All-Ireland-winning side along with Tom Kenny, was superb at centre-back as Cork saw off the Banner, subduing Tony Kelly.

"It's going to take Brian a couple of weeks to get back into it," confirmed Cunningham. "He had a specific job against Clare and there's no better man for that sort of task."

Cunningham also confirmed that Patrick Cronin is back in contention for a starting spot. Cronin suffered a bout of pneumonia which meant he could only feature from the bench last time out.

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