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Colm O'Rourke: Possession can be nine-tenths of the law for McGeeney's men

Kildare's ability to secure ball in the vital areas can see them past an improving Down team this afternoon, writes Colm O'Rourke

Published 29/08/2010 | 05:00

L ast week was dominated by those dreaded cruciate ligament injuries. Henry Shefflin has one, so too Dermot Earley and Ambrose Rogers.

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The interest in these injuries is nearly as big as the games themselves. Prince Henry shows up at training on Wednesday night and a reputed 8,000 arrived to see how his old war wound held up. Maybe he could start a travelling show, he would be far more popular than the circus.

What it does show is the enormous respect, and indeed affection, he commands in his home place and there is no bigger compliment than being a hero among your own. Ambrose Rogers is a bit young yet to carry such a reputation, but he is a really good player and a substantial loss to Down today if he is not able to play a part.

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