Ben O’Gorman has been ruled out of the first three rounds of the Allianz National Hurling League.
Wolfe Tones clubman O’Gorman sustained a knee injury in training last week and is to miss their first three games against Cork, Kilkenny and Tipperary. He received some game-time in the Munster Senior Hurling League and had to wait until their second last game for his first start for the county seniors.
It also rules the LIT student out of the Fitzgibbon Cup semi-finals, he had lined out at wing-forward for Davy Fitzgerald’s side in their group games prior to picking up the knock. Indeed it was the Sixmilebridge man that first brought him on to the senior panel at the beginning of their 2016 campaign.
However a concussion injury ensured the twenty year old missed the entire league. His club will now be sweating on his fitness as he is central to their U21 side who could be in action on March 11th if drawn in the preliminary round.
Joint Managers Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor will be without the services of Patrick O’Connor, Conor McGrath, David McInerney and Ian Galvin for their meeting with Cork on Saturday evening at 7pm in Pairc Uí Rínn.
On the positive side, Shane O’Donnell has returned to training having been a notable absentee for the pre-season tournament played in January.