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O'Reilly in final fitness race

 

Martin O'Reilly is struggling with a hamstring injury and is considered doubtful for the Ulster final.

BY CHRIS MCNULTY

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RISING Donegal star Martin O’Reilly is in a race against the calendar to be fit for the July 22nd Ulster final against Down – but the 18-year old will be given every chance of being available for the Clones clash.

O’Reilly pulled up during Sean MacCumhaills’ All-County Football League Division 2 game against Malin last Sunday and was forced off with a hamstring injury.

“He played with the club and picked up an injury that has shown up to be more than a twinge,” said Donegal assistant manager Rory Gallagher yesterday afternoon.

“He is young and is a quick healer so if he is healing fast in the first ten days he’ll be in with a chance of making the final.

“He isn’t ruled out at the moment, but he did pull the hamstring so we will just keep monitoring it very closely and keep liaising with our medical people.”

O’Reilly played the final 16 minutes of last Saturday’s win over Tyrone having come on for David Walsh, while he was a 24th minute replacement for Ryan Bradley in the preliminary round win over Cavan.

The MacCumhaills man has been a real find by Jim McGuinness – and the young Marino student will be aiming to work his way back to fitness in a bid to make the matchday squad for the final.

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