Sunday 25 September 2016

Kerry injury concerns look set to ease ahead of Croke Park semi-final

Published 05/04/2016 | 02:30

Sheehan: Closing in on a return. Photo: Sportsfile
Sheehan: Closing in on a return. Photo: Sportsfile

Kerry expect to have Aidan O'Mahony, Darran O'Sullivan, Paul Geaney and possibly Bryan Sheehan back for their Allianz Football League semi-final against Roscommon at Croke Park on Sunday.

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The Kingdom have been fixed to play Roscommon in the first semi-final, timed for 2.0 on Sunday. Dublin will play Donegal in the second semi-final at 4.0.

O'Sullivan, O'Mahony and Geaney sat out Sunday's win over Cork in Tralee. O'Mahony had a hand injury while O'Sullivan and Geaney were both struggling with hamstring injuries.

Eamonn Fitzmaurice outlined last night that Sheehan, who has missed the last two games, would be assessed at training during the week before a decision is taken on the veteran forward's availability.

Fitzmaurice has welcomed the prospect of a first league semi-final since 2012 as a means to shortening the gap between the end of their league campaign and the beginning of championship, even though they have coped so well with it in the past three seasons.

"It cuts down on the break we have before championship. From our own perspective, that is definitely a very positive thing," said Fitzmaurice.

Eoin McHugh has emerged as a doubt for Donegal as they head back down to Croke Park to play Dublin, two weeks after their six-point regulation defeat to them.

Meanwhile, the GAA have also fixed the league hurling semi-finals. Waterford will play Limerick in the curtain-raiser in Semple Stadium on Sunday week at 2.0 with Kilkenny and Clare meeting at 4.0.

The Division 1B promotion/relegation play-off between Westmeath and Laois has been fixed for Tullamore's O'Connor Park at 3.30 on Saturday, while Donegal and Roscommon will meet in the 2B play-off at 5.0 that evening at a venue yet to be decided.

Fr Tierney Park in Ballyshannon will be the venue for Fermanagh and Tyrone's Division 3A play-off at 3.30 on Saturday.

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