Colm O'Neill: I CAN do this


Cork’s All Star forward Colm O’Neill is determined to bounce back from the third cruciate knee injury of his career.

O’Neill will undergo surgery on his left knee in the coming days after suffering the latest cruel blow in an Allianz League game against Donegal last month.

Writing in his blog on the GAA Just Play App, O’Neill has vowed to embrace the challenge of going through the painstaking process of rehabilitation again, citing Kilkenny hurler Henry Shefflin, who has battled back from cruciate surgery twice, as an example to him.

“I’ve been through this before, and I know what is required to get back,” O’Neill writes. “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.

“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.”

O’Neill described the moment he suffered the injury at the start of an Allianz League game against Donegal at Páirc Uí Rinn.