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Huge boost for Kerry as key defender O'Sullivan set to return

Published 02/03/2011 | 05:00

Tom O'Sullivan is on his way back to the Kerry football team later this week.

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The veteran defender has agreed to meet Jack O'Connor's two-week deadline, set last week after the league victory over Mayo, to return to training.

There had been a feeling that O'Sullivan was ready to retire from inter-county football and end an 11-year association with Kerry. But the 32-year-old Rathmore man has indicated to the management that he will be back.

The corner-back was expected to resume training last night, but will instead make his seasonal comeback later on Friday night.

O'Sullivan, who has won five All-Irelands, struggled last season after picking up an All Star in 2009. But his decision to come back will be welcomed as Kerry's defensive options have not expanded as much as they would have wanted since last year.

Missing

Declan O'Sullivan made his re-appearance last night after missing the start of the season because of his wedding and honeymoon.

A further boost to Kerry's defensive cover is the return of Daniel Bohane from a broken wrist.

Tom O'Sullivan's return means that just three Kerry regulars have not yet linked up with the squad.

Midfielder Mike Quirke won't resurface until later because of family commitments, while Tommy Griffin and Paul Galvin are recovering from injuries.

Dublin-based Galvin is due back in the next couple of weeks, but is not expected to start playing again until Kerry's trip to Armagh on March 20, at the earliest.

Meanwhile, neither Dublin or Kerry had any indication last night that charges would be laid against Eoghan O'Gara or Marc

O Se by the CCCC arising out of an altercation between them at the end of Saturday night's thrilling league match in Croke Park.

Irish Independent

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