KERRY boss Eamonn Fitzmaurice could have Legion star James O'Donoghue available to him for this weekend's McGrath Cup semi-final with Limerick.
O'Donoghue was due to line out with the University of Limerick in their McGrath Cup quarter-final with Waterford last weekend, but the wing-forward missed that game as a result of an ankle injury. Given that he didn't play last weekend he would be able to play for Kerry should he recover in time as he wouldn't be cup tied.
Fitzmaurice is also due to welcome Duagh's Anthony Maher back into the fold following his recent success in the North Kerry Championship. The return of the midfielder is welcome as Kerry will be without Kieran Donaghy, who is getting married, for the next number of weeks.
The Dr Crokes players, meanwhile, will not train with Kerry this week, but some could be made available to the Kerry manager for this weekend's game.
Fitzmaurice has also confirmed this week that Dromid Pearses' Declan O'Sullivan won't return to the panel until the latter stages of the League and will instead undertake an individual rehab programme for "wear and tear".
There was positive news on David Moran with the Kerins O'Rahillys man expected to be ready to play football in March towards the latter stages of the League following his second cruciate ligament injury twelve months ago.
Bryan Sheehan (knee) and Donnchadh Walsh (groin) will also be mid to long-term absentees with the latter stages of the League also pencilled as their likely return date.
Both Kerry and Kenmare will have to do without the services of Stephen O'Brien for the next two months as he recently underwent surgery on his knee. That rules him out of Kenmare's All-Ireland Junior Club Football Championship semi-final with Castleknock on Sunday, January 27 in Mitchelstown.
The loss of O'Brien was compounded by the news late last week that Castleknock wunderkind Ciarán Kilkenny has turned his back on Australian Rules football and returned to Ireland, to Dublin GAA and to Castleknock's All-Ireland bid.