Thursday 22 March 2018

Waterford suffer triple injury blow ahead of Cork clash

Jackie Cahill

WATERFORD manager Derek McGrath has suffered a devastating triple injury blow with confirmation that Philip Mahony, Maurice Shanahan and Stephen Molumphy have all been ruled out of the Munster SHC quarter-final with Cork on May 25.

Mahony (23) suffered a broken leg and dislocated ankle during Ballygunner's county SHC victory over Ardmore yesterday and will miss the entire championship season.

McGrath explained that Mahony sustained the horror injury in innocuous fashion after his left leg planted in the turf before an opponent came down on top of him.

Shanahan, meanwhile, did not start for Lismore in their victory over Tallow but after coming on as sub, the 24-year-old aggravated a back problem and is facing a month on the sidelines.

Molumphy pulled a hamstring playing for Ballyduff against Mount Sion last Friday evening.

This latest news compounds an already dire injury situation that has affected Waterford this season.

Long-term injury victims Stephen Daniels and Brian O'Halloran have already been ruled out of the Cork clash. Jake Dillon, who recently underwent knee surgery, is rated as 50/50 to feature against the Rebels and Richie Foley recently suffered a fresh setback on the comeback trail following hip surgery.

Stephen Bennett is another concern as he recovers from a hip injury. Shane O'Sullivan is ruled out through suspension.

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