No change to panel for date with Dubs

Damian Stack

Kerry boss Eamonn Fitzmaurice will have a largely unchanged panel of players to choose from for this weekend's crunch tie with the Dubs in Austin Stack Park (Saturday, throw in 7pm).

"Bodies are the same really," he confirmed. "Bryan Sheehan will be back from suspension, other than that it's the same, we have what we have at the moment and we're not gaining anybody else.

"Obviously the Under 21s and the Crokes players are still involved in their respective championships. Bryan Sheehan is back in and that's it."

On the injury front Fitzmaurice had nothing major to report and didn't expect any players to miss out as a result of the typical knocks and bruises picked up in training.

One man who won't feature is Kieran Donaghy, despite rumours suggesting that the Austin Stacks man he could be called into the fray for the Dublin game.

"Kieran won't be the rabbit out of the hat, I'll put it that way," Fitzmaurice stressed.

Donaghy was in the news last week after he was called up to the Irish basketball squad on the back of a set of impressive displays for the Tralee Warriors in the Superleague. The move won't affect Donaghy's football Fitzmaurice explained.

"What we decided going back to last December was that he'd play the basketball, he'd train one night a week with us in the gym as he is at the moment and what we said was we'd leave the tail end of the league open, but the fact they're doing so well in the basketball at the moment makes it unlikely.

"As planned all along he'll see out the basketball and he'll be back playing football then. My thing always was to have him back for championship and that's what I said to him, we sat down and discussed it and I said 'if we have you before then bonus territory', but once he's fully fit and ready to go physically and football wise for championship I'm happy."

The task Kerry face this weekend is formidable, a point made plain by Dublin's performance against Mayo last time out.

"They were outstanding," the Kerry boss admitted.

"They love playing in Croke Park and you can really see that. I thought it was as close to the perfect performance as you're going to get at this time of the year, particularly the second half was very, very good.

"We saw here ourselves how physical and how tough Mayo can be. They beat us here, they beat Roscommon the following week so they'd a bit of momentum going into that game as well."


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