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Corbett fights foot injury

posted 26 Jan 2011, 11:56 by Unknown user

By John Fogarty

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

KNOWING Lar Corbett and the vast number of injuries he has disproved down through the years, the 2010 hurler of the year could line out for his county in next month’s NHL Division One opener against Kilkenny.

However, he claims a troublesome foot injury is threatening to impact on his start to the 2011 season.

Speaking at Tipperary publican Louis Fitzgerald’s An Poitín Stil pub last Friday night, where the Liam MacCarthy Cup was being paraded, Corbett expressed his frustration at being sidelined as Tipperary go about preparing for the NHL under new manager Declan Ryan.

"I’ve a foot problem," he confirmed. "I actually hurt it the week before the All-Ireland final training in Carton House. After the final, I was back with the club and I didn’t get the chance to address it properly. I wasn’t doing much training but put repetitive strain on it playing match after match.

"We were lucky it went so well for [Thurles] Sarsfields for the foot was agony. I got an MRI scan and the inflammation is after building up. I have done nothing on it for the last seven weeks, but it hasn’t settled down properly. I don’t know whether it will need an injection in a couple of weeks. If that doesn’t work we might have to look at something else."

Corbett’s exasperation is felt that bit more this year as counties queue up to attempt to shoot Tipperary down. Reports from Sunday suggest that, as a shadow Kilkenny team played NUIG in the Walsh Cup, Brian Cody was training Kilkenny’s hurlers elsewhere.

On the team’s recent team holiday in New York and Jamaica, Tipp players spoke about building on last year’s momentum and the bigger challenge of defending an All-Ireland — something the county hasn’t done since 1965. The idea of leaving his team-mates in the lurch gnaws at Corbett.

"I would rather be training at 100% now and get back into fitness and sharpness and drive it on because we’re there to be knocked. This injury is frustrating but I have to be patient.

"This year it’s about winning that All-Ireland again. If that means two in a row, it means two in a row but we’re taking the year as a season in itself.

"When it comes down it, 2011 is about winning an All-Ireland — same as 2010. We have to put our best performance on the table every time we go out. It’s about not getting soft. All the hard work and commitment we put in last year has to be repeated and bettered with the new management."

While they are familiar faces to most players, Ryan, Tommy Dunne and Michael Gleeson represent a freshness as do the handful of players they have brought into the panel like John O’Neill and John Coughlan. Corbett expects the fringe players to take another step this year, namely his Sarsfields club-mate Pa Bourke.

"Noel McGrath and Pádraig Maher in their first years set the place alight and we didn’t expect them to burst onto the scene like they did. The pair of them got All Stars, Noel got young player of the year.

"John O’Neill has had hard luck with injuries but the key is anybody who’s given the chance has to take it. Pa Bourke has been the best club hurler for Sarsfields with Pádraig Maher over the last couple of years. He’s a man whose time has come, I think.

"I’m looking forward to seeing him get on. He’s a class act and dedicated."


This appeared in the printed version of the Irish Examiner Wednesday, January 26, 2011

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