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Saturday 25 February 2017

Power to make Cats return for showdown with Rebels

KILKENNY boss Brian Cody welcomes back Richie Power from injury for tomorrow's league clash with old rivals Cork.

Power is named at full-forward with Richie Hogan losing out. The other change to the team that lost to Tipperary sees Michael Grace replacing Michael Rice in the half-forwards.

Meanwhile, Eamonn Callaghan is poised to end his injury nightmare and make a belated return to action for Kildare against Armagh tomorrow. The Naas clubman has been named as on the bench for what is a key game for both sides, having been absent until now due to a persistent groin injury. Callaghan is certain to be introduced at some stage.

Kieran McGeeney has made just one change to the team that beat Donegal for their trip to Armagh, with Paul Flood named in goals in place of Tom Corley.

Laois dual player Cahir Healy has given the county's hurling team a boost as he has opted to play in their clash with Antrim tomorrow instead of the footballers' NFL Division 2 game with Westmeath.

Healy made his comeback for the hurlers during Tuesday night's win over Kildare just days after making his first appearance for Sean Dempsey's football side. But with a direct clash tomorrow, he has committed to the hurlers.

The previously suspended Denis Booth will make his first league appearance at full-back for the footballers with Mark Timmons switching to centre-back. U-21 star Donie Kingston is named at full-forward instead of Paul Lawlor.

Matthew Whelan, James Walsh, Neil Foyle and Owen Houlihan all come in to start for the hurlers as Brian Dunne, Eamon Jackman, Shane Dollard and John Purcell lose out. The Wexford hurling side to play Clare sees Noel Carton make his debut in goal with Eoin Doyle returning to the full-back line. For the footballers' team to face Cavan, Collie Byrne comes in for Ben Brosnan at wing-forward.

Meanwhile, Liam Donnelly and Martin Coyle look set to step down from their roles as joint managers of the Tyrone U-21 team and, in ladies football, four NFL losses in a row appear to have persuaded Kerry boss Pat Hartnett to call it day. Kerry minor manager Donal Barry will take temporary charge.

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