Colm O'Neill insists he will bounce back for Cork after third cruciate injury

Updated: Thursday, 04 Apr 2013 14:58 | Comments

Colm O'Neill is confident he will put on the red of Cork again
Colm O'Neill is confident he will put on the red of Cork again

Cork forward Colm O’Neill insists he has no thoughts of walking away from football, despite suffering from the third cruciate knee injury of his career.

O’Neill suffered his latest setback during a National League encounter with Donegal in March and will go under the knife in order to repair the damage to his left knee.

On his GAA Just Play App column, O’Neill insisted that he will bounce back from surgery again and that the support he has received since the injury helps to spur him on.

“I’ve been through this before, and I know what is required to get back. That’s one thought going through my head. I can do this. I’ve done it before – twice. Part of me likes the challenge of having to climb the mountain for a third time,” O’Neill said

“Certain people, the great Henry Shefflin amongst them, have been unlucky enough to suffer two cruciate ligament tears. The list of three timers is pretty small, and it’s not a club I ever wanted to join. But it’s now a reality, and like it or lump it, it’s something I’m going to have to get my head around.”

“For now though, the next steps on the road to recovery are ones I must take myself,” O’Neill added. “I am due to undergo surgery in the coming days, and from there on the long road back will begin. Again.”

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