KERRY'S hand has been strengthed for their McGrath Cup quarter-final against UCC this Sunday with the availability of Aidan O'Mahony, Kieran O'Leary and Michael Moloney for the match.
O'Mahony has returned from holidays and will make himself available to manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice, while O'Leary and Moloney have been released by Dr Crokes for this weekend, and are expected to play a significant part with their county team on Sunday before returning to their club to prepare for Crokes All-Ireland Club SFC semi-final against Ballymun Kickhams next month.
Moloney's likely inclusion in the full back line will be of most interest to Kerry supporters as the management look at alternatives for the full back berth.
O'Mahony and Marc O Se remain the leading contenders for the no.3 jersey but Moloney and Mark Griffin - who played in CIT's McGrath Cup loss to Cork last Sunday - are other options the management is currently considering.
Following Kerry's 4-22 to 0-10 preliminary round win over IT Tralee last weekend, Fitzmaurice gathered his panel for a training session last night (Tuesday), as the new management team continue to bed in a number of new players into the McGrath Cup squad.
Kieran Donaghy, meanwhile, who was forced to leave the field of play due to injury in the second half last weekend, underwent a scan yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon to determine the extent of the damage. The results of the scan were not known at the time of going to press, but there was initial optimism after the game that the injury wasn't too serious.
Donaghy, if fit, will play on Sunday but will then be unavailable to Kerry until March as he gets married next week and will be away on honeymoon after that, meaning he will miss Kerry's first two League games against Mayo and Dublin.
Declan O'Sullivan, Bryan Sheehan and Donnchadh Walsh remain sidelined with injuries.
Kerry will announce their team to face UCC on Friday.