SELECTOR Pat Fenton expects that Kildorrery will have a clean bill of health ahead of next Sunday's eagerly-awaited Munster club junior hurling final encounter with St Kieran's of Limerick at Mallow.
Although ace forward Peter O'Brien is still nursing a niggling hamstring problem, Fenton revealed he will be fit to take his place in attack, while regular wing back Michael Lillis has fully recovered from the shoulder injury that kept him out of Kildorrery's facile semi final win over Butlerstown of Waterford.
"Peter was struggling a bit after the semi final, but he's come on a lot over the past couple of weeks, and he's been called into the Cork senior panel in the meantime, so he's been getting a bit of treatment there as well. There is no danger he will miss the Munster final," said Fenton.
It means that, apart from Tom Monaghan who has a long-term injury, Kildorrery will have a full squad to pick from on what is the biggest day in the club's history.
Fenton admits that Kildorrery are in a place they never thought they'd be at the start of the year, adding that it's only now that they are beginning to realise where the long journey has taken them.
"We had to play four games in North-Cork, and we always felt we were in with a decent chance of winning the Avondhu championship, but we knew it was going to be very difficult to go all the way in the county.
"Maybe we were lucky to get there, but you never win anything without the bit of luck, and the two massive games against Brian Dillons in the county final were a great experience for the lads.
"They were bound to bring the team on a lot, and I thought that was evident in our display against Butlerstown down in Waterford.
"We knew nothing about them before we went down, but once we contained them in the first half and for about five minutes into the second half, I was confident we would be able to kick on.
"Butlerstown folded after Peter (O'Brien) got a goal for us early in the second half, and we ran out comfortable winners in the end."
Acknowledging that the performance in the semi final was very encouraging, Fenton said that, with Michael Lillis back, it was going to be hard to pick the team for the clash with St Kieran's.
"We have a few young lads who have come into the equation now, and Andrew O'Brien is due back from Australia on the December 14 which would give us more problems in terms of team selection if we progress.
"Andrew was our regular centre back last year, and he would obviously be a huge addition going forward, but we aren't looking beyond the game against St Kieran's at the moment," Fenton stressed.
"The word is that they are also feeling pretty confident about their prospects, and I can assure you we won't be taking them for granted in any shape or form. I saw them playing in the quarter final against Kilsheelan, and they are a very workmanlike side, but if we can keep the game open, we should be in with a good chance."
Pointing out that hurling has played second fiddle to football in the club for quite a while, Fenton said what has already been achieved this year is beyond his wildest dreams.
"I'd always be more of a hurling man myself, and it's great to see all the old hurling stalwarts coming out of the woodwork to encourage us on now.
"There is a tremendous buzz around the village, just to qualify for a Munster final has helped to lift the recession coming up to Christmas, and I'm in no doubt it will be gone completely if we can get the job done on Sunday," Fenton remarked.