Clifford in contention

Kerry's game with Mayo this Saturday against Mayo in Austin Stack Park (throw-in 7pm) could see James O'Donoghue and David Clifford return to the match day panel for the first time this season.

O'Donoghue had been named in the starting fifteen for the opening round against Tyrone in Fitzgerald Stadium, but picked up a knock before that game, which has kept him out since, while Clifford has been out following a procedure to facilitate recovery to a shoulder injury.

Neither man is expected to start, but the fact that they're both edging closer to match fitness is a boost to the new regime. The return to match-fitness of Adrian Spillane is another positive ahead of this weekend.

On the flip side of that it's understood that neither Paul Geaney nor David Moran will be available for this weekend's fixture with James Horan's Mayo - both men are carrying knocks.

"Comings and goings are the best description you could use for it [the make up of the squad] with some fellows getting knocks and then some fellows coming back," Peter Keane said on Monday evening.

"It's quite difficult in many respects game after game, even tonight as I am talking to you we haven't got back as yet since the (county) league at the weekend, to see where some players are at, whether they have picked up knocks.

"It's quite difficult generally with only one training session throughout the week to see where fellows are at with injuries."

Keane, meanwhile, has admitted to being satisfied with the new offensive mark.

"Of the rules that they were discussing there were five rules that were being implemented, it was probably one that I would have looked at the start and thought it had the most potential for success," he commented.

"I suppose I am only looking at our own games. Tommy [Walsh] has done well with it. I am not sure, I suppose look, the GAA will sit down at the end of the league and analyse that one and see what way it has worked, because there's other teams and they are getting no success out of it."

The Kerry boss, meanwhile, declined to speculate on whether or not any Dr Crokes players will be available to him for the final round of the National Football League against Roscommon on Sunday week.

"We haven't started thinking about Roscommon," he said. "I know [Crokes] are on next Sunday, we are on Saturday night. I suppose, look, normally what you would find is that a team like that might take a few days rest and take a few days out, so we will deal with that one next week."

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