Thursday 18 January 2018

Cork sweat on the fitness of skipper Michael Shields

Michael Shields, Cork
Michael Shields, Cork

CORK footballers are sweating on the fitness of skipper Michael Shields for their league final showdown with the Dubs.

Shields was forced off, with a suspected groin injury, during the second half of their Division One semi-final against Donegal.

“It was over-stretching making a block – we’ll see,” cautioned Brian Cuthbert.  “He has had an issue with it before so we’d be cautious with it.”

Cork were still awaiting scan results yesterday to ascertain whether an April 26 comeback is feasible, or too big a risk, for their

full-back powerhouse.

Jamie O’Sullivan, who was named to start against Donegal but cried off beforehand, should be available for the final.  Paddy Kelly (calf) and Donncha O’Connor (toe) also missed the semi-final and their fitness will be monitored.

The Cork hurling camp is confident that both Alan Cadogan and Mark Ellis will be available for Sunday’s NHL semi-final against Dublin in Nowlan Park.  The hamstrung duo sat out their quarter-final win over Wexford.

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