Wednesday 7 December 2016

Sheehan 'unlikely' to play in goals

Published 17/08/2016 | 02:30

Kerry manager Eamon Fitzmaurice. Photo: Philip Fitzpatrick / Sportsfile
Kerry manager Eamon Fitzmaurice. Photo: Philip Fitzpatrick / Sportsfile

Eamonn Fitzmaurice has played down rumours sweeping the Kingdom that Kerry are toying with the idea of deploying Bryan Sheehan as goalkeeper for the All-Ireland semi-final against Dublin next week.

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Manager Fitzmaurice last night said that the Cahirciveen midfielder had not played in goals at training before adding that "he has played in goals in the past."

The manager did not offer an outright denial but said: "It's Kerry and it's the time of the year so there's always going to be these stories out there - some of it true, some of it not. The team isn't picked yet. We're trying a few things."

Sheehan added: "I have not trained in goals. Eamonn hasn't spoken to me yet and he has only three more sessions to tell me."

The rumour stemmed from the difficulties Kerry had from frees and 45s when Sheehan was off the field for much of the All-Ireland quarter-final against Clare.

Colm Cooper is back in the frame after his collar-bone injury.

"He was back doing contact before the quarter-final. We could have risked him and we decided not to," said Fitzmaurice. "He's good. By the time the game comes around, he's going to have a full four or five weeks under his belt."

Irish Independent

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