Monday 19 March 2018

Blow for Kerry as injury cuts Bohan's year short

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

PROMISING Kerry defender Daniel Bohan is out for the rest of the season after having surgery yesterday on a ruptured Achilles tendon while Darran O'Sullivan is doubtful for Sunday's All-Ireland qualifier against Westmeath.

Bohan suffered the injury during an internal challenge match in Tralee on Sunday. "There was a loud crack and we knew, straight away, that something serious had happened," O'Connor said.

O'Sullivan did not train last week nor take part in last Sunday's trial game due to a hamstring strain and Kerry will wait until late in the week to make a decision on his fitness.

If he doesn't make it, his place is expected to go to James O'Donoghue, who impressed off the bench last time out, but the Kingdom will definitely be boosted by the return of midfielder Bryan Sheehan, who proved such a loss against Cork.

Mayo will have Aidan O'Shea back for Sunday's Connacht final against Sligo at Dr Hyde Park Park but his older brother Seamus is out after aggravating the hamstring injury that also ruled him out of their semi-final romp past Leitrim.


Mayo are tipped to make one change at midfield when they announce their team tomorrow and will be without Peadar Gardiner (broken bone in his foot). It remains to be seen whether manager James Horan will risk starting Aidan O'Shea as he has been out injured since the latter stages of the National League and only two weeks ago played his first competitive game of football this summer, with his club.

Mayo are also expected to make changes in the full-forward line, as Conor Mortimer's and Enda Varley's performances off the bench against Leitrim could stand to them.

Sligo officials said yesterday that they have no injury worries but forward star David Kelly has missed a championship game for his club Tubbercurry since the Yeats County sensationally beat Galway.

There is speculation that the ankle problem which has given Kelly so much trouble over the last two years flared up again after that comeback, but shouldn't rule him out of Sunday's provincial decider.

Elsewhere, Donegal's Neil Gallagher is a serious injury doubt ahead of the Ulster final on Sunday week. He was forced off with an ankle injury just two minutes into a club game last weekend which appears to be ligament damage and could keep him out.

Irish Independent

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