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Kildare's injury list a headache for McGeeney

KILDARE'S recent injury woes keep mounting after Ollie Lyons suffered a shoulder injury in the dying minutes of yesterday's O'Byrne Cup semi-final victory over DCU in Newbridge.

Kieran McGeeney confirmed that the Celbridge defender had dislocated his shoulder: "Not a full dislocation of the shoulder - it went back in - but it's probably at least four weeks for him anyway."

Lyons was wearing the No 2 jersey that Peter Kelly made his own last summer, but the All Star corner-back could now miss the entire season after tearing his cruciate ligament playing for UCD against Meath last Tuesday night.

"We haven't had much luck with that sort of stuff," admitted McGeeney, who has seen five Kildare players succumb to cruciate injuries over the past 18 months.

"We went through a similar thing with Armagh, but Peter tripped over his feet going for a ball -- you can look at everything that happens, but what can you do with things like that?

"It's probably more common now because of the amount of training you're doing; there's a lot more power in your players as well," he concluded.

AN injury-time goal from Francis Hanratty put some gloss on the scoreline as Crossmaglen laboured past London champions Neasden Gaels, 1-8 to 0-5, in yesterday's All-Ireland club SFC quarter-final at Ruislip. Oisín McConville hit 0-5 (3f) and his side will now meet the winners of next Sunday's delayed Leinster final between Kilmacud Crokes and Rhode.

CENTRAL COUNCIL won't take any action against Cavan over claims that they broke the winter training ban in Breffni Park, with GAA president Christy Cooney saying: "We don't believe they deviated in any way above the rule." Likewise, Cooney said the Leinster Council had found "no deviation" in the rules following allegations that Wexford club Faythe Harriers had rented out their facilities to a soccer team.