Cork hurler Conor Lehane has revealed that captain Dónal Óg Cusack urged his teammates to focus on the 2012 season and not dwell on his season-ending injury.
Cusack suffered a freak injury when rupturing his achiles tendon during the Rebels National League semi-final win over Tipperary in Thurles.
Lehane told the Irish Examiner: “We are very disappointed for him and he’d be disappointed himself. But he’d be the first fella to remind you that it’s not about an individual, it is all about the team and how the team performs. The message at half-time when he got injured against Tipperary was to drive on.
“It’s obviously disappointing but you have to stay concentrating on the game and stay concentrating on performing.”
Lehane admits he has relished the chance this year to be fully involved in the Cork senior hurling setup after his involvement was complicated last year with his Leaving Cert studies. Lehane, who is sitting his first year Arts exams in UCC at present, had a peripheral role last season but his availability this spring has been an integral reason as to why Cork have advanced to Sunday’s league final with Kilkenny.