NEMO Rangers captain, Barry O’Driscoll, is a major injury worry ahead of the Munster club round 1 tie with Newcastle West in Mallow on Sunday at 1.30pm, according to manager Paul O’Donovan.
“He is very doubtful. Barry carried a knock going into the county final and we had to take him off because he was starting to drag a leg in the second half.
“I don’t think Barry will be right for Sunday, but we’ll give him very chance of making it.
“Everyone else seems to be ok. We had U21 hurling last Sunday morning and the lads involved came through that fine.
“We had a couple of days celebrating, which is something you’ve got to do, before we went back training on the Thursday night,” O’Donovan said.
While Nemo are the overwhelming 1/40 favourites to advance to the semi-final, their second-half display against Duhallow in the county final win provoked a lot of talk.
Nemo could only score two points and conceded eight as the division fought back to come within four of the champions.
“We have discussed it. I suppose when you look back on it in hindsight if we had won by 20 or 25 points it wouldn’t have done us any good.
“We made mistakes in the second half and yet I don’t think we played particularly badly.
“I thought we still defended well despite conceding eight points after half-time, but it was only 10 in total.
“We just made poor decisions at midfield and up in the forwards, too. It is a concern if it happens again. It’s something I thought we had got over.
“Our goal at the start of the year was to win a county and I would have taken any kind of a win. I’m happy we’re still involved while realising we can improve and have to improve.”