Doyle and Flynn sidelined for Kildare's Leinster opener
Kildare will be without team captain Eoin Doyle and Daniel Flynn for their Leinster Championship opener against Wexford tomorrow week, while Niall Kelly is facing a race against time to be available.
Doyle played no part in the league campaign and though he made a cameo appearance in a recent challenge against Laois, has insufficient time on the pitch to be considered for selection.
Flynn missed the Division 3 final loss to Clare with a hamstring injury and though he is making progress, the Wexford game will come too early.
Kelly has suffered a calf strain and is considered a major doubt. With such attacking talent in danger of missing out, Doyle has hailed the input of U-21 star Neil Flynn.
Flynn made a significant early impact in the league final with a brilliant goal and some excellent dead ball kicking, having scored 11 points in Kildare's extra-time Leinster U-21 final loss to Dublin.
"Neil Flynn has stepped up in the league final. He's a young lad that's got great potential, one of these lads coming up from underage looking to drive us on," Doyle said.
Elsewhere, Antrim captain Kevin Niblock has been passed fit to start the Saffrons' Ulster Championship clash with Fermanagh in Brewster Park on Sunday. Patrick McBride comes in for Conor Burke in the only change to the side.
Antrim (SFC v Fermanagh) - C Kerr; K O'Boyle, R Johnston, N Delargy; P McBride, M Johnston, J Laverty; N McKeever, C Murray; M Fitzpatrick, K Niblock, J Carron; B Neeson, T McCann, M McCann.