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Good news for Cork forward O'Neill as he avoids knee ligament damage

The attacker limped off in the second-half of Saturday night’s win over Tipperary.

Cork forward Colm O'Neill (file photo).
Cork forward Colm O'Neill (file photo).
Image: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Updated May 28th 2018, 1:55 PM

CORK FOOTBALLER COLM O’Neill has received good news as he suffered no knee ligament damage in Saturday night’s Munster semi-final in Semple Stadium.

O’Neill was forced off in the 47th minute of the clash against Tipperary after hurting his knee and there was concern given his history of serious knee injuries.

But The42 has learned that a scan result this morning has revealed that the 29-year-old has only suffered a tear to the cartilage in his knee.

The Ballyclough man will still face a race against time to be fit for Cork’s Munster final date on 23 June as he could be sidelined for four to six weeks with the injury.

He will need an arthroscopy and a subsequent rehabilitation period yet is still in line to feature for Cork again in this summer’s championship.

The news will be a relief for O’Neill after the luckless attacker has torn his cruciate on three occasions during his career. The first occurred in a club game in 2008 before twice suffering the same setback in league games with Cork, in 2011 against Galway and in 2013 against Donegal.

O’Neill fired home the only goal of the game on Saturday night, netting in the first half in Thurles as Cork ran out eventual 1-17 to 0-9 victors.

Brian Hurley, who was marking his competitive Cork comeback from a two-year absence due to hamstring injuries, came on to replace him and notched Cork’s final point of the game.

Victory sees Cork advance to the Munster final against Kerry or Clare on Saturday 23 June.

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