Cadogan returns from Oz for Rebels

Cork footballers expect to have Eoin Cadogan back training tonight and available for selection for the McGrath Cup quarter-final against Tipperary at Páirc Uí Rinn on Sunday at 2pm, according to Mark Woods of The Evening Echo.

The 26-year-old dual star is due back from holiday in Australia and is likely to figure at some stage against Tipp as Cork build up to their opening league game against Dublin at Croke Park on February 2.

The team to face Tipp in a repeat of last year’s final, which Cork won by 0-13 to 0-6, will be announced tonight and is set to show a number of changes from last week’s preliminary round win over CIT.

Numbers at training earlier in the week were boosted by more players coming back from holidays which will give manager Conor Counihan further options.

Fintan Goold, Barry O’Driscoll and Carbery Rangers’ Brian Shanahan are among those expected to see game-time while captain Graham Canty is also close to returning following injury.

Daniel Goulding, though, is still on the injured list while Cork await news of the availability of Aidan Walsh and Ciarán Sheehan.

Walsh appealed the decision which prevents him from lining out with DCU in the Sigerson Cup while Sheehan didn’t play for CIT against Cork, but whether he’s free to play with the county remains to be seen.

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