Cork suffered a major setback in their quest to retain the All Ireland Football Championship with the news that wing forward Ciarán Sheehan will face a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering a torn cruciate ligament.
The injury occurded when the Éire Óg man landed awkardly when challenging for a high ball during Cork’s defeat to Kerry in the Munster Final in Killarney yesterday afternoon. Rebels boss Connor Counihan was hopeful that the injury wasn’t too severe but his worst fears were confimed this afternoon and he will now have to plan without Sheehan for most of the championship.
Sheehan’s injury is a further blow to Cork as they are already without the services of Colm O’Neill also sustained cruciate damage while playing against Galway in the Allianz League in March.
Cork’s defeat yesterday means that the reinging champions will have to prepare themselves for a Round 4 qualifier on July 23rd if they are to keep their dream of winning back to back All Ireland titles.