CORK footballers have been dealt a huge blow ahead of Saturday evening’s All-Ireland SFC qualifier against Tyrone after top forward Colm O’Neill was ruled out through injury.
The experienced Cork attacker has suffered a setback in training after a recurrence of the same knee (cartilage) injury that forced him off in the second half of the Munster SFC semi-final win against Tipperary.
O’Neill did recover to take his place on the bench for the Munster final against Kerry and came on as a second-half sub with ten minutes to go.
‘Colm is not available, he’s out,’ Cork selector Ciarán O’Sullivan confirmed to The Southern Star.
‘He has had a setback with the knee, the same injury he went off with against Tipperary.
‘He was doing very well so this is a blow.
‘Unfortunately for Colm after all his work, he’s out. It might be short-term but he is not available for selection for Saturday against Tyrone.’
Meanwhile, Kilmichael’s Peter Kelleher is also ruled out of Saturday night’s Round 4 qualifier in Portlaoise after he picked up an ankle injury in action for his club in a Muskerry JAHC clash with Ballincollig last week. Kelleher was stretchered off the field after 13 minutes of his side’s 3-17 to 1-20 win.
‘Peter is out. From what I believe it’s ankle ligament damage,’ O’Sullivan said.