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Aidan Walsh will miss Cork's next two Allianz Hurling League games after undergoing surgery on the facial injury he picked up against Waterford.
Walsh broke his nose during the second half of Cork's game on February 20 and has been ruled out of the games against Dublin and Kilkenny.
“Aidan (Walsh) won’t play. He was operated on yesterday and will miss the next two games at least. He had a bone depressed into his nose and it needed to be fixed," Cork hurling manager Kieran Kingston revealed.
Walsh was forced off in the 58th minute after being hit in the face and Kingston admitted he was frustrated that his side were not awarded a free for the incident.
"Without overreacting, if a guy gets a belt that requires an operation, and we didn’t even get a free, that’s disappointing," he said. "We all make mistakes and I’d say if he looked back (referee) James Owens would probably admit he got that one wrong."
Seamus Harnedy is set to return to the panel for Saturday's game but Alan Cadogan, Shane O’Neill and Conor O’Sullivan will not be available.
"Alan is suspended for two games. Conor still has a groin problem and will be out for another couple of weeks. That injury hindered him last year as well, and even if it may not be as bad this year, he’ll miss another couple of games," Kingston told RedFM.
“Shane is unavailable this weekend with exams, so that makes three defenders we’ll be short this Saturday — him, Colm Spillane and Conor O’Sullivan — all from the full-back line."
Colm Spillane was injured in the same game with a scan later revealing the defender had suffered a cruciate knee ligament that will rule him out of the season.
"Colm Spillane was operated on last Friday and he’s out for the year," Kingston confirmed.
"It looked innocuous enough and we’re very disappointed for him. He’s 22, 23, was settling in well and had had a very good year with UCC. We saw him as an option for full-back, has all the attributes necessary and wants to play there, so we’re very disappointed for him — hopefully he’ll be back in the autumn."