BY DECLAN ROONEY
CORK will be without the injured Niamh Cotter for, at least, their opening game in the group stage of the TG4 All-Ireland senior football championship.
Midfielder Cotter has been a revelation for Cork since she returned to the squad this year and even made the Lidl team of the league for her role in Cork’s run to the Division 1 title.
But she will certainly sit out Cork’s first Group 1 game against Cavan on July 20th, and is a doubt for the match against Armagh the following weekend, although Cork’s captain Doireann O’Sullivan has returned to full training following her lengthy lay-off due it a back injury.
‘Niamh broke a bone in her hand not that serious, but it will keep her out for a few weeks, maybe four or five weeks, possibly. She will certainly miss the first one, maybe the second game as well. But it could have been worse,’ said Cork manger Ephie Fitzgerald.
‘On the flip-side Doireann O’Sullivan is back in full-training. That has been a huge addition to us as well. Doireann is our leader. She is captain and she is the driving force, herself and Ciara (O’Sullivan) are really the driving force of the team. It is great to have her back.’