Cork sweating over Canty fitness

Updated: Thursday, 14 Jun 2007 16:17

Graham Canty is a fitness worry for Cork
Graham Canty is a fitness worry for Cork

Cork defender Graham Canty is to have exploratory surgery on the knee he injured during last Sunday's Munster SFC final replay victory over Kerry.

Canty was arguably the driving force behind Cork's first Munster title win since 2002, but was forced off for the final ten minutes at Pairc Ui Chaoimh with a knee injury.

The Bantry Blues clubman lined out at left corner back, performing an excellent man-marking job on Colm 'Gooch' Cooper. In fact, Kerry's star forward scored just one point from play throughout the two games.

Losing a player of Canty's ability could unsettle the Cork defence for their All-Ireland quarter-final against either Fermanagh or Donegal on 5 August. The Rebels have conceded only 0-24 in their three games to date this summer.

Canty will have his knee examined on Friday.