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Major Injury Boost For Cork’s Munster Final Hopes

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers Round 1, Pairc Ui Rinn, Cork 2/7/2016 Cork vs Dublin Cork manager Kieran Kingston Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

The Cork hurlers have been handed a big boost ahead of their Munster final Sunday week. Injury doubt Conor Lehane has been declared fit ahead of the tie.

So far Lehane has been one of the players of the championship. The Midleton ace performed superbly versus Tipperary in May before repeating the trick against the Déise.

Conor Lehane has played a huge part in Cork’s resurgence this year. The Rebels were handed a cause for concern however as Lehane left the field due to injury in their semi final victory.

However those doubts have been swept aside as the Irish Examiner have reported that Conor Lehane has been declared fit.

Lehane’s ankle had caused him problems over the last number of weeks, however scans have come back positive and the 24-year-old is clear to play.

Cork take on Clare in this year’s Munster final in a repeat of the 2013 All-Ireland final, where the Banner emerged with the Liam MacCarthy Cup after a replay. However, in the years since this success the Banner have failed to build on, and have been disappointing.

That said there is a buzz around Cork hurling this year. Ever since they defeated Tipperary in the Munster quarter-final, there has been a feel-good factor around the Rebel County. After following up that win over the All-Ireland champions with a win over Waterford, Cork are in a good place heading into the provincial decider.

Kieran Kingston will be more confident that his side can go another step now that Lehane has returned.

Kevin Daly, Pundit Arena

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