Cork’s hurlers have suffered a major setback with confirmation that key defender Brian Murphy will miss the rest of the season through injury.
The experienced Bride Rovers man was sustained a broken collar bone in a Cork Senior Hurling Championship game against Ballinhassig on Sunday afternoon in Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
The Irish Examiner reveals that the 30-year-old will undergo surgery tomorrow (Wednesday) and will be out of action for three months as a result, effectively ending any hope he has of playing for the Rebels again in 2013.
It’s a particularly bitter blow for the player and for Cork who are preparing for the Munster final against Limerick on Sunday week.
An All-Ireland winner in 2004 and 2005, Murphy played a key role in Cork’s Munster semi-final defeat of Clare, lining out at centre-back and performing an excellent man-marking job on Clare danger man Tony Kelly.
On a more positive note, Cork selector Kieran Kingston confirmed that Cork captain Pa Cronin will be available for the Munster final at the Gaelic Grounds on July 14.
Bishopstown man Cronin played just eight minutes of the eight-point win over Clare having spent time in hospital with a bout of pneumonia in the build-up to the game.