Cork may have already named their starting fifteen to play Dublin on Sunday but we’re likely to hold out a bit longer before doing so, with Friday night the most likely time for the announcement to be made. When we do so, there’s every hope that James will have a full deck to pick from when settling on his starting fifteen for the county’s third League semi-final appearance in three years.
The main concern is obviously Cillian O’Connor, who was forced off after less than ten minutes the last day, with what James Horan later described as no more than a “muscle spasm”. This week’s Mayo News (digital version) has a bit more detail on this, stating that the problem may have something to do with a recent hamstring injury. James is quoted in this piece where he says that the issue is “nothing too major” so hopefully the two-time Young Footballer of the Year will be fit and ready to face Derry’s A team on Sunday.
That same piece also states that Kevin McLoughlin didn’t play last Sunday due to a “leg muscle injury” but that he should definitely be okay for Croke Park and that Lee Keegan, Aidan O’Shea and Jason Gibbons will all be available for selection too.
There’s also some news on longer-term absentees Alan Dillon, Kenneth O’Malley and Chris Barrett. All three are reported to be making varying degrees of progress but none of them are likely to be sprung into action this coming weekend, though all three should be available for selection before the championship action starts in earnest.