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Kildare made to sweat over fitness of Earley

KILDARE are still sweating on the fitness of Dermot Earley even though their talisman has been named in an unchanged team for tomorrow's taxing SFC qualifier in Derry.

Earley trained with the Lilywhites last night, having sat out training on Tuesday because of the knee injury that has caused the 2009 All Star recurring problems this season.

However, last night's session was a relatively light workout, and a final decision on Earley's readiness for Celtic Park battle will be left until closer to the match itself. A team spokesperson said he was "still a slight doubt". Otherwise, Kildare are reporting a clean bill of health.

TYRONE must defend their Ulster SFC crown without Stephen O'Neill, who has failed to recover from a bruised heal sustained against Down last month, although the former Footballer of the Year is named among the subs.

O'Neill's place at full-forward goes to Tommy McGuigan while Mickey Harte makes three changes in defence, recalling Ryan McMenamin and Davy Harte while Cathal McCarron will make his first SFC start at corner-back.

MONAGHAN have delayed their selection, amid speculation that fit-again 'keeper Shane Duffy will return between the posts and that stand-in netminder Darren Hughes will resume outfield.

CORK'S footballers are unchanged for their qualifier trip to Wexford while OFFALY have made one change for their home clash with Down -- hamstrung skipper Karol Slattery is replaced by Paul McConway at wing-back.

KILDARE (SFC v Derry): S McCormack; P Kelly, H McGrillen, A MacLochlainn; M O'Flaherty, E Bolton, B Flanagan; D Flynn, D Earley; J Kavanagh, P O'Neill, E O'Flaherty; J Doyle, R Sweeney, E Callaghan.

TYRONE (SFC v Monaghan): P McConnell; C McCarron, Justin McMahon, R McMenamin; D Harte, C Gormley, P Jordan; C Cavanagh, K Hughes; B Dooher, S Cavanagh, Joe McMahon; M Penrose, T McGuigan, O Mulligan.

OFFALY (SFC v Down): A Mulhall; B Darby, S Brady, S Pender; N Darby, R Brady, P McConway; R Dalton, B Connor; G Guilfoyle, N McNamee, C McManus; K Casey, J Coughlan, A Sullivan.

DOWN (SFC): B McVeigh; D Rooney, D Gordon, D Rafferty; D O'Hagan, J Colgan, C Garvey; A Rogers, K King; D Hughes, M Poland, B Coulter; C Maginn, J Clarke, M Clarke.

CORK (SFC v Wexford): A Quirke; R Carey, G Canty, J O'Sullivan; J Miskella, M Shields, P Kissane; A O'Connor, A Walsh; F Goold, P O'Neill, P Kelly; D Goulding, C Sheehan, C O'Neill.


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