Gumley doubtful for Nemo

March 05, 2018

Nemo Rangers' Paddy Gumley.
©INPHO/Oisin Keniry.

A calf injury is threatening Paddy Gumley's involvement in Nemo Rangers' All-Ireland club SFC final against Corofin.

Nemo manager Larry Kavanagh revealed to the Irish Examiner that the Cavan native is still struggling with the injury, which restricted his involvement to just 21 minutes against Slaughtneil in the All-Ireland semi-final.

"I envisage it will be very similar to the semi-final where we don't make any decision on Paddy until the last minute," Kavanagh said.

"He might do a bit of kicking next week. But if there is only going to be 20 or 30 minutes in him, you might as well keep that until Saturday as opposed to getting that out of him when seeing what he is like on the Thursday beforehand.

"It was the Wednesday before the Slaughtneil game when Paddy kicked a ball towards the end of the session and felt his calf. We held off on making a call on him until the last minute. Out on the pitch at O'Moore Park, he said he was okay. We knew it was a risk, but we said we'd go with him. After 15 minutes or so, the calf went.

"It is unfortunate that Paddy has picked up this injury because he has been going well and the space of Croke Park would suit him."

Goalkeeper Micheál Aodh Martin - a son of Fianna Fail leader Micheál - is expected to be fit after suffering a groin injury in the closing stages of the extra-time win over Slaughtneil.

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