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Keaney to boost Blues' forward options for duel with the Rebels

CONAL KEANEY is expected to be available for selection this Saturday night as Dublin footballers seek to maintain their perfect run of league results with a tough trip to face Cork.

Keaney has recovered from the knocks to his ankle and quad that forced him to miss last weekend's home win over Monaghan, a result that leaves them on top of Division One with a maximum eight points.

Keaney had made his first appearance of the season a week previously, coming off the bench to telling effect in Mayo, only to suffer yet another injury setback in the process.

On the hurling front, Kilkenny will be without a host of star names for Sunday's showdown with Dublin in Parnell Park. JJ Delaney's shoulder injury suffered against Cork is not as serious as first feared, but he will miss the Cats' next two league outings. And it looks almost certain that there won't be an immediate return for several more members of last year's All-Ireland winning outfit. Michael Kavanagh has yet to resume training after his All-Ireland club intermediate success; Richie Hogan and Michael Rice are injured; while Henry Shefflin and his Ballyhale county colleagues won't be asked to make themselves available.

THE 2010 GAA President's Awards were announced at last night. The recipients were:

Paddy Fitzgerald, (Dungarvan, Waterford), Séamus Spaight, (Meelick, Clare), Jim McGiven, (St Mary's, Burren, Down), Patsy Forbes, (O'Donovan Rossa, Ardboe, Tyrone), Jarlath Connolly, (Milltown, Galway), Billy Horan, (Ballinrobe, Mayo), Tommy McLoughlin, (Wolfe Tones, Longford), Charlie McAllister, (Newtown Blues, Louth), Mary Donohue, (Harps Camogie, Laois), Seán Clarke, (Beragh Red Knight's, Tyrone), Christopher Hughes Snr (Limekiln Rounders, Dublin), Cathal Friel, (Coolkenna, Wicklow), John Hughes, (Geevagh, Sligo), Joe Roarke, (Tara, Warwickshire), Harry McEvoy, (Carryduff GAC, Down), Ballylanders GAA Club.