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Castlehaven ace Cahalane would love dual role with Rebels

Saturday, 25th January, 2014 1:00pm
Castlehaven ace Cahalane would love dual role with Rebels

Damien Cahalane is currently recovering from a hip operation.

BY KIERAN McCARTHY

DAMIEN Cahalane would ‘love’ to play both football and hurling for Cork but admits that a lot depends on his ongoing recovery from a double-hip operation.

Sidelined for the next few months after undergoing surgery on both his hips on December 4th, the Castlehaven footballer has confirmed reports that he is interested in a dual role, once his recovery goes according to plan.

‘I’d love to be able to play for both but it might be something that isn’t feasible. We just have to wait and see,’ the 21-year-old Cork senior told The Southern Star.

‘It’s a decision that I have to make. I just want to keep my options open at the moment. When I come back and if it’s something that’s not feasible, then we are going to have to make a call on it.

‘It all depends on how my body reacts to treatment and rehab, and how quickly I come back from this.’

Recovery

Currently working closely with Dr Con Murphy, Cork GAA doctor, and Colin Lane, Cork GAA physio, as he continues his recovery from his operation last month, Cahalane will take his time before making a final decision on his dual role.

‘The hips aren’t too bad. All I am doing at the moment is working with Colin Lane and Dr Con, and following the advice that they are giving me,’ he said.

‘Everything’s going according to plan at the moment but I’m not at the stage where I can put a date on it. All I am doing at the moment is following their instructions.’

All going well, Cahalane could return to action in April.

Decision

Playing his club hurling with the Barr’s, he made the decision last year to commit solely to the Cork footballers, having been part of Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s Cork senior hurling panel in 2012.

If he does, as expected, become the latest Rebel to take on the dual role, Cahalane will be following the lead of both Aidan Walsh and Eoin Cadogan, who have recently decided to throw their lot in with the county’s hurlers, as well as footballers, this season.

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