Conor Counihan revamps his forces for qualifier showdown with Galway
Cork make six changes and raft of positional switches from Munster final
“Obviously it is going to be difficult after the Munster final to get the lads going. That was a knock to our confidence. We thought we were going to go down and win. We know we have a long way to go to beat Kilkenny but we have a good chance. We are very hopeful.”
Paudie O’Sullivan is also unavailable due to injury but Patrick Horgan was cleared to play despite being sent off against Limerick. The team will be released after training tonight.
Kilkenny manager Brian Cody will name his team tomorrow but 2011 hurler of the year Michael Fennelly is expected to return at midfield.
Back to the football qualifiers, Cavan have held off naming a side to face London due to a number of knocks. Conor Gilsenan’s ankle problem rules him out, so Alan O’Mara will be retained in goal, while Jason McLoughlin (hamstring) and Niall McDermott (concussion) must be assessed tonight.
Both Tyrone and Meath report clean bills of health ahead of the only televised football game this weekend. Both teams are expected to use similar personnel to last weekend’s victories over Kildare and Wexford.
Tyrone manager Mickey Harte may be tempted to start Aidan Cassidy ahead of Colm Cavanagh after the impact the midfielder made in Newbridge. Kyle Coney is another option but Darren McCurry’s free taking should keep him in the side.
Laois also report a fit squad ahead of their meeting with All-Ireland champions Donegal in Carrick-on-Shannon. The same cannot be said about Donegal as the BBC reported yesterday Mark McHugh will be out for at least a month having suffered concussion early in the Ulster final defeat to Monaghan.
McHugh’s loss is significant as he is instrumental to Jim McGuinness’ game plan, sweeping in front of the defence and initiating counter-attacks.
However, his brother Ryan McHugh may benefit with promotion to the starting line-up. Declan Walsh and David Walsh are other options.
Finally, Dublin and Kerry have injury problems of their own as they wait to find out who they will face in the All-Ireland quarter-finals over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
Alan Brogan’s hamstring strain denies the 2011 footballer of the year a return after 10 months out with a groin problem. James O’Donoghue and Jonathon Lyne are not expected to fit enough to feature for the Munster champions.
CORK (SFC v Galway): A Quirke; E Cadogan, M Shields, T Clancy; D Cahalane, G Canty, J Loughrey; A O’Connor, P O’Neill; M Collins, A Walsh, J O’Rourke; D Goulding, C Sheehan, B Hurley.