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Wednesday 24 January 2018

Bradley set to make Derry comeback as ban expires

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

DerryY forward ace Eoin Bradley is expected to resume his inter-county career this weekend after completing a six-month suspension.

Oak Leaf boss John Brennan has monitored Bradley's form in training and there is speculation that he will play some part in their Division 2 top-of-the-table clash with Laois.

Elsewhere, Bryan Sheehan has been given a surprise midfield role for Kerry in tomorrow's floodlit league clash with Dublin. Sheehan is best known as a forward and free-taker for Kerry, but starred at centre-field for St Mary's Caherciveen in their recent run to an All-Ireland junior title.

He replaces David Moran, who has been moved to wing-forward, with Gary O'Driscoll the one to lose out. Killian Young and Tomas O Se return to strengthen the defence at the expense of Shane Enright and Jonathan Lyne, while Eoin Brosnan retains the centre-back spot.

Dublin, meanwhile, have named an unchanged team from the one that beat All-Ireland champions Cork last weekend to face the Kingdom.

Relegation-threatened Tyrone have made only one change to their team to face Sligo, bringing in Johnny Curran to replace Pascal McConnell in goals and Ryan McMenamin's selection indicates he has escaped any retrospective action for an alleged stamp on Donegal's Paddy McGrath.

Cork's defence, which leaked three goals to Dublin, has been considerably improved by the return of Eoin Cadogan from hurling duty. Jamie O'Sullivan is the man to lose out as they host Monaghan and the Rebels' other changes are in goals -- where Ken O'Halloran replaces Paddy O'Shea -- and at full-forward, where Ciaran Sheehan comes in for Colm O'Neill.

Mayo's extensive injury list has increased with Trevor Howley (ankle) and Neil Douglas (torn hamstring) expected to miss Sunday's clash with Galway.

Irish Independent

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