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Another defensive injury setback for the Cork senior hurlers

Shane O’Neill will miss the clash with Wexford.

Cork hurler Shane O'Neill.
Cork hurler Shane O'Neill.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

THE CORK HURLERS have suffered another defensive setback as they prepare for their All-Ireland senior hurling qualifier against Wexford on Saturday 4 July.

Shane O’Neill has been ruled out of the game after sustaining an ankle injury.

If Cork manage to overcome Liam Dunne’s side in the Round 1 clash, their management are hopeful that O’Neill will be available for the  Round 2 tie on 11-12 July.

The news is a further selection headache for manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy.

Cork’s defensive options have already been stretched following injuries this season to defenders Christopher Joyce and Lorcán McLoughlin while Conor O’Sullivan and William Egan, who both started the 2013 All-Ireland final loss to Clare, are no longer part of the panel.

Brian Murphy’s recent return to the squad following the league final loss to Waterford is a boost and he started in the defeat to the Deise in the recent Munster semi-final.

Brian Murphy and Jimmy Barry-Murphy Brian Murphy with Cork boss Jimmy Barry-Murphy. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

From the squad that lost that game, the potential Cork replacements for O’Neill would seem to be Sarsfield’s William Kearney, a twin brother of midfielder Daniel, or the Midleton duo of Aidan Ryan and Killian Burke.

Kearney and Burke can both slot in to a corner-back position, where O’Neill played against Waterford.

Ryan was full-back for Cork in the league final in May in Semple Stadium.

Aidan Ryan Aidan Ryan in action in May's hurling league final against Waterford. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

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