Doyle to continue in Kildare engine room as Flynn ruled out
John Doyle looks set for an extended stay in the Kildare midfield as Daryl Flynn misses out for a second successive championship game.
Flynn damaged an ankle in training on the Thursday prior to their victory over Wicklow and up to the weekend he was still walking with the aid of crutches.
The Kildare management are still officially giving Flynn time to recover but the Moorefield man will not be ready for at least another two weeks.
Teenager Fionn Dowling -- who sits his Leaving Cert next week -- is also missing through injury but otherwise Kieran McGeeney will have a strong hand to choose from, with Eamonn Callaghan and Ronan Sweeney fully recovered from injury and even Mikey Conway making his competitive return with the Kildare juniors next week.
James Kavanagh looks set to be included from the start, but who makes way has yet to become clear. Doyle has been used as a midfielder in internal training matches and recent challenge matches and, at 33, showed a remarkable enthusiasm for the position against Wicklow.
Meanwhile, Meath could hand as many as three players their championship debuts with an entire new-look half-back line in the pipeline.
Three U-21 players -- Ciaran Lenehan, Brian Menton and Mark O'Sullivan -- are in line for the half-back positions as Seamus McEnaney struggles under the weight of defections and injuries.
Cormac McGuinness has quit the squad because of work commitments while Eoghan Harrington has suffered a serious ankle injury. Both players would probably have started if they were available. There may be a temptation to restore captain Seamus Kenny to the half-back line to provide some experience.
The 2009 championship goalkeeper Paddy O'Rourke could yet feature at full-forward after impressing in league matches and recent challenges.
In the capital, Dublin manager Pat Gilroy is likely to give Paul Brogan his first championship start but whether it's as a half- back or full-back remains to be seen. Gilroy has given a fair indication of his starting line up in the recent challenge against Monaghan and an internal match last weekend when Mossie Quinn staked a strong claim for inclusion with an impressive show.
Denis Bastick and Barry Cahill were once again the midfield pairing with Michael Darragh MacAuley consigned to the 'B' team which won the game on Saturday.
Eoghan O'Gara is also pushing hard for a place in the team which will be announced early tomorrow morning.