KILDORRERY have serious injury concerns ahead of next Sunday's Munster club junior hurling semi final, according to team selector Tony McCarthy.
Definitely ruled out is seasoned defender Tom Monaghan, who broke a leg in the county final replay two weeks ago, while accomplished wing back Michael Lillis and talismanic attacker Peter O'Brien are in a race against time to be ready for the clash with Waterford's Butlerstown.
"Mikey Lillis is very doubtful with a shoulder injury, while Peter O'Brien pulled a hamstring with a quarter of an hour to go in the game against Brian Dillons the last day, so we are just keeping our fingers crossed that he will be able to line out," McCarthy revealed.
"While we feel we have a reasonably strong squad, that's going to be sternly tested if Mikey and Peter are unavailable, but we are hoping both of them will start or at least play a part at some stage."
McCarthy admits he knows absolutely nothing about Butlerstown, but he says that any team capable of winning a county championship has to be treated with the utmost respect.
"We are in bonus territory now, because it has already been a great year for us, but we will be going all out in pursuit of a Munster title at the same time, and I suppose we will draw a certain amount of encouragement from the record of Cork clubs in this championship over the past few years.
"We went back training a few days after winning the county, so, the injury worries aside, we are ready to give it our best shot against Butlerstown, and we feel we will be in with a good chance of getting to the final if we play up to form," concluded McCarthy.