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Published: 10:04 | 10/5/16

McDonnell out of Semple tie


Stephen McDonnell has been ruled out of Cork's Munster SHC quarter-final clash against Tipperary on Sunday week.

McDonnell broke a bone in his elbow during a challenge match with Clare last month and he will not be available for the game at Semple Stadium.

"Stephen McDonnell is out, he will certainly miss the game on Sunday week," Cork manager Kieran Kingston confirmed.

The loss of the captain is a blow to the Rebels but Kingston is confident they will cope in his absence.

"You're always going to have injuries, every team is going to have injuries, its part and parcel of hurling. I suppose it's unfortunate for us that you lose your captain," Kingston is quoted as saying in the Irish Sun.

"He's a good leader for us on and off the pitch, that's why you have a panel of players. One guy's misfortune is anther guy's opportunity. Every panel will have problems like that and we just have to move on."

Cork narrowly avoided relegation in the Allianz Hurling League thanks to a play-off win over Galway and they are outsiders to progress to the semi-finals of the provincial championship.

Kingston accepts Tipperary are the overwhelming favourites but he is targeting an upset in Thurles.

"Tipp are raging favourites for the game. We are outsiders and it's well documented in the last few weeks around Cork's position but that's understandable given our league performance and the performance of this core team over the last few years. That is understandable," the Rebel boss added.

"At the same time I think Cork and Tipp games take on a life of their own.

"Cork like going to Thurles, the Cork public like going to Thurles, we like going, the players like going so all we are focusing on is to be the best we possibly can be on the day and see where that takes it."

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