Tuesday 23 July 2019

Dublin star O'Donnell facing preliminary quarter-final fitness race after 'small tear' of hamstring

Pictured at the AIG Insurance GUI & ILGU Cups & Shields Launch at Carton House in Maynooth is Dublin hurler Eoghan O'Donnell. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Pictured at the AIG Insurance GUI & ILGU Cups & Shields Launch at Carton House in Maynooth is Dublin hurler Eoghan O'Donnell. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Frank Roche

Eoghan O’Donnell is in a race against time to feature for the Dublin hurlers in their All-Ireland SHC preliminary quarter-final on the weekend after next.

The Dublin full-back powerhouse was forced off with a hamstring injury after just 14 minutes of their do-or-die Leinster round-robin showdown with Galway last Saturday week.

The Sky Blues secured a famous victory in his absence, but it’s touch and go whether he’ll be ready for their clash against the winners of the Joe McDonagh Cup – either Laois or Westmeath – on July 6/7.

Dublin will start that game as strong favourites, but victory would propel them into a far more daunting quarter-final proper against the beaten Munster finalists, either Tipperary or Limerick, a week later.

"I got a small tear in the Galway game, very early on, which is disappointing," O’Donnell explained at today’s launch of the AIG Cups and Shields in GUI Headquarters, Carton House.

"But I'm working very closely with the physios and working hard. We still have a bit of time before the game, so there hasn’t been a decision made either way – just trying to give it as much time as I can.

"Like, I'd love to be able to say I'll definitely be playing," added O’Donnell, but he admitted it’s likely to be a late call next week.

"I'd really have to train on the Thursday or Friday,” the 23-year-old surmised. “But it takes the pressure off a small bit that we have such a great team - that (Shane) Barrett slotted in at full-back seamlessly (against Galway) and James Madden came on.

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"So, we're not seeing it, if I'm out, that it’s a loss as such … it’s another cog in the wheel in, and that’s a positive way to view it."

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Pictured at the AIG Insurance GUI & ILGU Cups & Shields Launch at Carton House in Maynooth are, from left, Dublin hurler Eoghan O'Donnell of Dublin, Robbie Cannon of Balbriggan Golf Club, Eleanor Metcalfe of Laytown and Bettystown Golf Club and Dublin footballer Kevin McManamon. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Pictured at the AIG Insurance GUI & ILGU Cups & Shields Launch at Carton House in Maynooth are, from left, Dublin hurler Eoghan O'Donnell of Dublin, Robbie Cannon of Balbriggan Golf Club, Eleanor Metcalfe of Laytown and Bettystown Golf Club and Dublin footballer Kevin McManamon. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

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