O'Mahony in doubt for Tyrone game
Published 03/04/2013 | 05:36
AIDAN O'Mahony is the only injury concern for Kerry ahead of their game against Tyrone in Omagh on Sunday.
O'Mahony suffered a facial injury, thought be be a badly injured nose, in an accidental training ground collision in Portugal over the weekend and could be ruled out of contention for the must win game against Tyrone. Kerry selector Mikey Sheehy confirmed O'Mahony's injury on Tuesday morning and rated the Rathmore defender "a doubt" for the game on Sunday.
In any event, Kerry will have a ready made replacement in Mark Griffin, with the management probably anxious to have another look at the St Michaels/Foilmore defender in the full back position, regardless of O'Mahony's availability or not. Griffin did very well in the win over Cork two weeks ago - in what was his first senior start - and despite the absolute need for Kerry to win in Omagh, the management will want to test the nascent Griffin to a higher standard than what he got against Cork.
Meanwhile, Sheehy has reported that the training camp in Portugal was hugely productive and said he expects that the whole squad will benefit greatly from the intensive five-day training camp in Portugal.
"We usually did three session in the day. The lads did some strength and conditioning, as well as working on their speed, but most of all we worked on our football. We got through a lot of stuff, so hopefully we will start to see the benefit of that when we get back.
"After the Cork game and the camp, going up to Tyrone needing to win is the perfect game for us. We worked very hard out there but there will be no danger of fatigue against Tyrone. The lads will have recovered fully before we hit Omagh, and we are certainly going up there looking to win the game," he said.