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Midfielders return for Cork ahead of Munster final as O'Driscoll ruled out for the season

A dislocated shoulder has ruled out Brian O’Driscoll.

Alan O'Connor, Aidan Walsh and Brian O'Driscoll.
Alan O'Connor, Aidan Walsh and Brian O'Driscoll.
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CORK WILL WELCOME back two midfielders to their squad for next Sunday’s Munster football final against Kerry but will be without Brian O’Driscoll for the rest of the season.

23-year-old O’Driscoll dislocated his shoulder in training last week – the second time this year he has suffered that injury – and is now out after starting wing-forward against Tipperary.

Tadgh MacCarthaigh club man O’Driscoll previously sustained the injury setback last March and will have to undergo surgery as a spell on the sidelines awaits.

Cork do have midfielders Alan O’Connor and Aidan Walsh – who both missed the semi-final win over Tipperary – available for the game at Fitzgerald Stadium.

O’Connor was suspended for the Tipperary match after being sent-off against Waterford while Walsh suffered a hamstring injury in that fixture in Dungarvan but has now recovered.

The situation surrounding defenders Tom Clancy (Clonakilty) and Eoin Cadogan is still unclear.

Neither featured in the Tipperary tie with Clancy hampered by a persistent foot injury this year. He has made good progress but it’s still uncertain whether this game may come too soon for him.

Cadogan’s season has been marred by injuries and he is still working his way back to full fitness.

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