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Hammer blow for Cork with the news Brian Hurley is unlikely to play again this season

The 24-year-old had only returned from an eight-month absence through injury.

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CORK FORWARD BRIAN Hurley looks like he’ll miss the remeainder of the 2017 campaign after suffering a re-occurrence of a hamstring injury that kept him out for the last eight months.

Rebels boss Peadar Healy told Cork’s RedFM this evening that Hurley is unlikely to feature again this year for the county team.

Hurley ripped his hamstring off the bone during training last July, before making his much-awaited comeback for Castlehaven against Ballingeary last weekend.

But Hurley limped off with seven minutes remaining in the game and it’s believed he suffered another serious injury to the same hamstring.

“The results will be out during the week but it looks like he won’t be available for the rest of the summer,” a despondent Peadar Healy told RedFM after their disappointing 0-18 to 1-15 draw with Meath.

“He was going lovely inside in training and he’d a lot of work done in fairness to him, but that’s sport. That’s the way things are.”

It’s been a difficult period for Healy. Cork’s defeat to Clare two weeks ago was a new low-ebb, and after dropping more points today they appear to be out of the promotion hunt to Division 1.

“Aidan Walsh was a big loss, so was (Ian) Maguire particularly in the second-half when we needed an option from kickouts.

“We tried to defend the lead and sat back instead of keep playing like we did for the first 45 minutes.

“We had a few opportunities to kill off the game and we didn’t take them. It’s a point dropped for us, that’s it.

“It’s been a tough few weeks. You’re going to get knock-backs, that’s sport. It’s a tough division and a real dogged division. You have to work very hard for results.”

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