Brian Turnbull, the Cork minor hurling sensation of 2017, has become the latest victim of the dreaded cruciate curse.
The Douglas star suffered the blow in a minor football training session with his club last Sunday. As is the due process with such an injury, scans must be performed on the said knee and an edgy wait for results ensues. When the results were in and delivered to the youngster, it was the news he had been fearing since he had innocuously went over on his knee and heard a pop.
The damage done was a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), which leaves the 18-year-old facing surgery and subsequently a lengthy stint on the sidelines.
Turnbull lit up the Minor Hurling Championship this summer for Cork as they reached the All-Ireland final, coming up just short against Galway through no fault of his own, having notched 1-07 in the Croke Park showdown. With a tally of 0-13 in an outstanding Man of The Match display in the semi-final win over Dublin and an equally impressive showing in the thrilling Munster semi-final replay victory over old rivals Tipperary in front of a bumper crowd in excess of 8,000 patrons packed into Páirc Uí Rinn back in July, the lethal marksman really endreared himself to Rebels’ supporters, who will all be disappointed to learn of the setback he has suffered.
He finished the inter-county season as top-scorer of the Minor Championship with a remarkable return of 1-51 across just six games. As a result, he was more than deservedly selected in the Minor Hurling Team of The Year and looks a ready-made figure to go on to do even bigger and better things in the famous red jersey.
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Having recently made his adult debut for Douglas and impressing in a Cork Senior Hurling Championship clash against Killeagh for the city club, there is no doubt that Brian is a prospect which Kieran Kingston and his selectors have their eyes firmly set on for the future.
For now, it is time for the St. Francis’ College, Rochestown student to recover as he enters his Leaving Cert year.
It is important to note, leading lights in the GAA world such as Henry Shefflin and Colm Cooper along with countless others have displayed how this injury is by no means a career threatener by experiencing glorious comebacks in Croke Park.
Make no mistake about it, with the admirable dedication and attitude possessed by this young man, mixed with his evidently awesome talent, Turnbull will be ready to make a splash at the business end of the 2018 season for club and county.
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