Carlow Senior Hurling manager Colm Bonnar says they are going to be without a lot of experienced players for Sunday’s Joe McDonagh Cup clash at home to Kerry.
Speaking to KCLR, Colm admits it has been difficult returning to training after the League Final victory.
“I suppose lads that are just used to training hurling and the football was a bit of a shock to some of them and a lot of them came back with injuries that we’re kind of really struggling with.
“The likes of Eoin Nolan really now has been kind of ruled out, Seamus Murphy, Marty (Kavanagh) has obviously gone away, Paul Doyle has been injured, John Michael Nolan is not available so we are down a lot of serious serious players that have a lot of experience with them.
“But having said that, there are other lads that are putting their hands up at the moment, they are training hard, they want to represent Carlow and want to be given a chance, so like I suppose someone else’s loss is an opportunity for someone else,” he said.
Colm also spoke about the topic Marty Kavanagh going to America for the summer.
He says that he fully supporters the player’s decision.
“It was a big decision for him, he loves hurling with Carlow and he has represented Carlow on many many occasions.
“Seeing him last year going up to take the Cup on behalf of the lads in Croke Park was a huge achievement.
“I suppose when your in College, you kind of get a year where you feel this is it, I need to maybe move and try something before I gets back into the real world in terms of working and giving your full time commitment and everything else that goes with it.
“It’s that’s all very understandable” he concluded.
Carlow play Kerry on Sunday at 2pm in Netwatch Cullen Park and we have Full Live Commentary on Sunday Scoreline.