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Cork have two main fitness doubts for Munster opener and Limerick defender injures hamstring

The teams met at the Gaelic Grounds tonight.

Both teams after the game at the Gaelic Grounds.
Both teams after the game at the Gaelic Grounds.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

CORK HURLING DUO Colm Spillane and Bill Cooper are their team’s biggest injury concerns ahead of their Munster hurling championship in four weeks time.

Cork lost out to a dominant Limerick team by 0-33 to 2-19 tonight with the teams set to meet again on 3 July in Semple Stadium in the provincial semi-final. 

Manager Kieran Kingston revealed afterewards that the pair after the main doubts to be fit in time for that game with other absentees tonight, set to be involved next weekend for the final league clash against Galway.

“We’ve two long-term injuries. Bill has an Achilles (problem) and Colm has a knee (injry). We’re not sure about them, they have MRI (scans) this weekend. We’ll know more during the week. They haven’t featured this year for us, so they’ll be under a bit of pressure.

“The rest, Tim O’Mahony, Darragh Fitzgibbon, Sean O’Donoghue, Seamus Harnedy, Eoin and Alan Cadogan should all be back. Alan did his hamstring, he pulled it Thursday night in training. Seamus and Darragh Fitz the same. But they should all be back for the Galway game which is biggest for us.”

Limerick saw star defender Sean Finn, an All-Star winner for the last three years, go off in the second half due to a hamstring problem.

“Listen I don’t know exactly what the nature of it is, the degree of seriousness of it,” said manager John Kiely afterwards.

“It is a hamstring tweak, we have to assess during the course of the week now and see how much of a strain it is.”

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Limerick started tonight’s game without some first-team regulars but Kiely is hopeful none of them are in danger of missing the Munster semi-final in July.

“Not overly concerned, I’d be hopeful most of them will get back to full training. It was great to get Graeme (Mulcahy) on the pitch, he had a bad ankle injury.

“We’ve another three or four coming back to full training – Kyle (Hayes) is back, Gearoid (Hegarty), he’ll be okay.”

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