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Saturday 18 November 2017

Fit-again Murphy gets the nod ahead of Kenny

Brian Murphy has made a miraculous recovery and returns to the Cork team
Brian Murphy has made a miraculous recovery and returns to the Cork team
Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

BRIAN Murphy's miraculous recovery from a broken collarbone was completed when he was selected by Cork to start in Sunday's All-Ireland SHC final against Clare, writes cliona foley.

Murphy suffered the injury in a club game in late June. The 31-year-old from Bride Rovers avoided surgery by visiting a specialist in Britain who treats jockeys and got it manipulated back into place, allowing him to recover more quickly.

The man to lose out is another veteran, Tom Kenny, and while Murphy is named at wing-back he is likely to move to centre-back in a switch with Chris Joyce, to do a direct marking job on the Banner's teenage centre-forward Tony Kelly whom he kept very quiet in the Munster semi-final.

Cork now have the same six defenders from that game and midfielder Lorcan McLoughlin, centre-forward Pa Cronin and corner-forward Jamie Coughlan have also since returned to strengthen them.

Clare are not naming their side until tonight but are expected to be unchanged from the side who were so impressive against Limerick.

Waterford's minors have named the same starting 15 that beat Kilkenny but with some positional switches in the forwards, including moving DJ Foran to centre-forward.

CORK (SH v Clare) – A Nash; S McDonnell, S O'Neill,

C O'Sullivan; B Murphy, C Joyce, W Egan; L McLoughlin,

D Kearney; S Harnedy, P Cronin, C Lehane; L O'Farrell,

P Horgan, J Coughlan.

WATERFORD (MH v Galway) – G Power; W Hahessey, K Daly, C Leamy; M Harney, A Gleeson, Shane Bennett; M O'Brien, T Devine; Stephen Bennett, DJ Foran, M Kearney; A Farrell, P Curran, C Roche.

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