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O’Dwyer’s fitness race for London

Joe O'Muircheartaigh

KILMURRY Ibrickane legend Odran O’Dwyer could be in a race against time to be fit for the Munster champions’ All-Ireland quarter-final tie against Tir Chonaill Gaels on January 24 following a training injury he sustained on Sunday.
However, speaking to The Clare People on Monday, Kilmurry Ibrickane manager Micheál McDermott has rubbished fears that the most decorated player in the club’s history suffered a career-threatening injury during the Sunday morning session on Seafield beach in Quilty.
“To listen to some of the reports you’d think that the injury was going to threaten his career and bring it to an end ,” said McDermott, “but that’s not the case at all.
“Odran took a knock in training on the knee and it was very painful and at the time it looked very very bad, but I can  say now that I don’t think it as bad as people feared at first.
“On Monday he went to Galway for a scan and at the moment we’re waiting on the results of that, but at this stage we’re hopeful that he will be alright and a week or ten days will tell a lot.
“At this stage I’d be very hopeful that Odran will be available for the game against Tír Chonaill Gaels. If any man is going to get himself right, no better man than Odran O’Dwyer. That the injury is not as serious as we first thought is a good start and we really want to have Odran available for what will be a very tough game,” added McDermott.
The elder statesman of the Kilmurry Ibrickane has won five senior championships and two Munster club titles in a glittering career, while he also represented Ireland in the Comprise Rule series against Australia in 2003.
This year he was a late starter in Kilmurry Ibrickane’s defence of the O’Gorman Cup, Cusack Cup and county championship campaigns, sitting out the early part of the season before returning to full fitness in time for the knockout stages of the championship.
O’Dwyer’s first championship start was the Munster quarter-final against Dromcollogher-Broadford, while he was also on the starting 15 for the Munster semi-final wins over Stradbally and Kerins O’Rahillys respectively.


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