Friday 23 February 2018

Cruel blow for Lilywhites as Lyons ruled out of Dubs showdown

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Kildare defender Ollie Lyons will miss Sunday's Leinster semi-final against Dublin because of a broken collarbone, it has emerged.

Lyons sustained the damage in a challenge match against Kerry outside Limerick on Saturday.

It is understood that he was taken off and brought to hospital for assessment. Kerry won the match.

It is a cruel blow for Kildare as his record in opposition to Bernard Brogan has been quite good in recent outings and he would have the pace to police Brogan best of all among the Kildare defenders.

Lyons' importance to Kildare is underlined by his last two performances against Brogan. In the league match last March, playing behind a badly beaten midfield, he conceded 1-1 from play while he held Brogan scoreless from play in the O'Byrne Cup final last January.


Kildare had been encouraged by the return to action in recent weeks of Padraig O'Neill, who missed the Offaly match through injury.

But there is still some concern over the fitness of Eoin Doyle who also missed that match.

Sean Hurley, who was left out of the squad for the Offaly game, is back in contention, while Alan Smith and Seanie Johnston are understood to be pushing hard for places in an attack that may undergo change ahead of Sunday's big Leinster clash.

Dublin report no further injury concerns after a training game on Sunday, with Alan Brogan edging ever closer to a competitive return.

It may not come this weekend given the length of time he has been absent for. Tomas Brady is the only squad member unavailable after his recent cruciate ligament tear.

Dublin manager Jim Gavin has already signalled that Kevin McManamon is ready to return after missing the win over Westmeath with a hamstring injury.

Irish Independent

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