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Rebels cry foul over burnout after O'Driscoll is ruled out of league decider

Published 21/04/2015 | 02:30

Cork's Brian O'Driscoll will miss Sunday's Division 1 league final clash with Dublin through injury
Cork's Brian O'Driscoll will miss Sunday's Division 1 league final clash with Dublin through injury

Cork footballer Colm O'Driscoll has hit out at the demands on inter-county players after it emerged that his brother Brian will miss Sunday's Division 1 league final clash with Dublin through injury.

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O'Driscoll broke down in last Tuesday's Cork SFC, where he lined out for Carbery Rangers against UCC in what was his third high-level game in just six days.

In the build-up to that match, he had lined out for the Rebels' U-21s in their Munster final defeat to Tipperary on the previous Thursday night and played 63 minutes of the senior side's league semi-final win over Donegal three days later.

"They'd be talking about player burnout and this kind of stuff," said Colm O'Driscoll.

"A fella having to go play a (club) championship match on a Tuesday after playing an important Allianz semi-final against a top side on the Sunday. I think it's too much for a fella."

Disgusted

O'Driscoll's father Gene, who was involved with the Cork U-21 management team, went a step further when he stated he was "disgusted" with the schedule.

"It's hard to blame the man," Colm said. "When you've got a player of that quality, every team wants him on their side which is fair enough. I think fellas have got to get a break and take a bit of time in between games.

"It's important for the players as well. After all the training, you want to play to the best of your ability. If you're playing a championship game two days later, you can't do that in my opinion. You just can't be mentally fresh. The body has got to be fresh as well. You've got to give players a chance and it gives people a chance to see good players play their best."

Another O'Driscoll brother, Kevin, is also part of the Cork senior set-up and all three played together for the first time in the league clash with Monaghan earlier this year.

Irish Independent

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