Cork will be without three key players for their National Hurling League quarter final versus Limerick on Sunday.
Kieran Kingston will have to plan for the clash with the Shannonsiders without Shane Kingston, Conor Lehane and Daniel Kearney. All three have been ruled out of the game in Páirc Uí Rinn due to injury.
The Douglas forward, Kingston, is still struggling with a hamstring strain he picked up in the Rebels’ victory over Waterford in Walsh Park. Although he was named to start last weekend’s thrilling win over Tipperary, he was a late withdrawal before throw-in, being replaced by eventual match winner Patrick Horgan. The 19-year-old is judged to have not fully shaken off his niggle in time for Sunday.
Lehane is carrying a similar injury, sustained in Sunday’s defeat of the Premier. The Midleton forward, who has really shown bright form this Spring, was withdrawn from the game after only six minutes. Cork will need to be cautious with his recovery, as he has arguably been their most consistent attacker in this league so far.
Sarsfields midfielder, Kearney, is still nursing a hand injury he suffered in the Leesiders’ loss to Kilkenny in Nowlan Park a few weeks ago. He will not recover in time for Limerick’s visit either.
The Rebels will take great confidence from their back-to-back wins over the Déise and the All-Ireland champions into the tie with the Treaty on Sunday. Selector Pat Ryan reflected on the side’s latest win and admitted he is relishing the challenge that John Kiely’s outfit will represent on Sunday, as quoted in the Evening Echo.
“It kept up the momentum after the game with Waterford and maybe it was the type of game we might not have won last year. There’s a great spirit in the squad and there’s competition for places and that’s what you want.”
“We are looking forward to it. These are the type of games we want now as the championship draws closer. Limerick will be a big test for us and we look at it as a 50/50 game. They were very disappointed to lose to Galway last weekend after scoring very well in the first-half.
“Getting another game of this importance is good for the players and the process that we are trying to develop.”