Tuesday 21 January 2020

Kenny an injury concern for Cork

Cliona Foley and Donnchadh Boyle

CORK hurling boss Denis Walsh has an injury worry about midfield stalwart Tom Kenny just two weeks ahead of their Munster SHC clash with Tipperary. Kenny limped out of an intermediate football match with his club last weekend with a hamstring injury that is believed to be serious.

The Rebels' footballers will definitely be without Nicholas Murphy, who has a back injury, for the Munster SFC semi-final against Kerry on June 6.

Another of the Rebels' long-term injury worries, Anthony Lynch, did not line out for his club last weekend but Graham Canty has returned to club action and fellow All Star John Miskella made his return, off the bench, for Ballincollig.

Kildare duo Mikey Conway and Rob Kelly are in serious danger of missing the entire football championship due to knee injuries. Conway's problems took another twist after it was revealed that he's to undergo surgery on Friday, while Kelly might also require an operation.

There was better news for the Lilywhites ahead of their June 5 clash with the winner of this weekend's clash between Louth and Longford as Dermot Earley showed no ill-effects from his brief cameo in a challenge match against Sligo, while Emmet Bolton (hip) and Mick Foley (ankle) look set to be available.

Tyrone defender PJ Quinn has suffered a setback in his attempt to reclaim his place in the Red Hand team for Sunday's Ulster SFC clash with Antrim.

The Moortown man, a regular at corner-back last season, missed the entire National League due to a back injury sustained at work, but now an Achilles problem is threatening his comeback plans for Casement Park.

Tommy McGuigan has also been struggling with a leg problem which has restricted his training programme, but is hopeful he will be fit to face the Saffrons, while Kyle Coney is also expected to be available despite struggling with back trouble. Conor Gormley has returned to training but he will play no part in the Antrim game.

Wexford's Matty Forde doesn't expect to play any part in their Leinster championship clash with Dublin on June 13, despite returning to training last month. The Kilanerin clubman missed all of last year's championship with a back injury and feels he is behind the rest of Jason Ryan's squad in terms of match fitness.

"The match against Dublin is less than four weeks away, and so I don't feel that I will have enough training under my belt to play a part in it," Forde said.

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