Thursday 29 September 2016

Sheehan injury a blow to Kerry hopes

Published 22/03/2016 | 02:30

Kerry captain Bryan Sheehan. Photo: Ray McManus / Sportsfile
Kerry captain Bryan Sheehan. Photo: Ray McManus / Sportsfile

Kerry captain Bryan Sheehan could face up to six weeks on the sidelines after picking up a hand injury in the league win over Mayo.

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Sheehan will see a specialist today to ascertain the full extent of the damage but manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice expects him to miss at least a fortnight, which would rule him out of their final two scheduled league games against Monaghan and Cork.

"(Sheehan) is meeting a specialist (today) to see how long he will be out for," Fitzmaurice explained. "The top end will be six weeks and the bottom end will be two weeks. It will depend on what the specialist says to him basically.

"It was from the throw-in that it happened, the ball broke away and he went to tackle and he just hurt his hand. It was the area at the back of his hand that got a jolt.

"It was tender initially but he got through the first half against Mayo, and he got it strapped at half-time and he said it did not impact him at all in the second half. But we will have to see how bad it is."

Alan Fitzgerald is back in contention after serving his one game ban while Paul Geaney and Killian Young featured for their clubs over the weekend.

"Killian Young played with his club the weekend and will be back in contention, Paul Geaney played for Dingle and did well. Tommy Walsh and David Moran were also playing with their clubs this weekend and I have not heard about any of them picking up any knocks.

"We will have a strong squad for next Sunday against Monaghan and the only players ruled out, are Bryan Sheehan, Anthony Maher and James O'Donoghue," he concluded.

Irish Independent

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