Cruciate woe for Rebels
CORK defender Christopher Joyce has been ruled out for the rest of the season after it was confirmed the knee injury he suffered on Saturday night in Croke Park was a torn cruciate ligament.
The hurler started the Allianz League Division 1 win over Dublin at full-back but was replaced after just seven minutes by management after falling awkwardly and was carted off the pitch holding his knee.
Manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy admitted afterwards that the Cork medical team had been worried by the nature of the blow and a scan on Monday confirmed an ACL tear, requiring roughly nine months rehab.
Cork are already without Pa Cronin, who will sit out the remainder of the league following surgery to mend a torn tendon in his hand, while former dual player Damien Cahalane is out for up to four weeks with a knee injury.