Waterford hurling manager Liam Cahill says that Iarlaith Daly will be sorely missed in the Déise defence ahead of Sunday's Munster SHC clash with Cork. The Lismore man is out for the rest of the championship with an ankle injury.
“Iarlaith is a massive loss obviously. He was coming into real good form, two years’ experience under his belt, looking like a steadying influence for one so young in our back line. Just really unfortunate for Iarlaith to sustain that injury against Limerick. Bitterly disappointed for him and I know he is bitterly disappointed himself. As a team, we always have the mantra of next man up. One man’s loss is another man’s gain as we say. We just have to plough on and try and put that behind us.”
Daly is set for a long spell on the sidelines. “Unfortunately, Iarlaith’s injury is a 12-week injury which rules him out of the whole of our campaign. It came at the wrong time for us and for him. We wish him well in his recovery and I’m sure he’ll put a real good campaign together with his club over the course of the summer.”
All Ireland club winner Ian Kenny is back in contention after missing out against Tipperary and Limerick. “Ian is coming back from a groin injury over the last couple of weeks. A little bit slow, the nature of the injury, but we’d be very hopeful that Ian will be back in our plans for selection for Cork which is vitally important. Another key player with massive experience that will give us a lot of options at the back. When it boiled down to it against Limerick, we hadn’t the same cover that we would have liked on the day.”
Hear more from Liam Cahill on Lár Na Páirce from 6.10. Cyril Farrell, Justin McCarthy and Pat Sullivan are also on the guest list.