Tuesday 21 January 2020

Donaghy injury doubt for Kerry's Rebel date

KERRY full-forward Kieran Donaghy has emerged as a doubt for the Kingdom's Munster SFC semi-final clash with Cork after he picked up a groin strain at training.

The full extent of the injury will not be known until later in the week, but he dropped out of a training match to have the injury assessed by Kerry's medical team.

Paul Galvin did not train last week and fears are growing that he will not recover for Sunday's showdown in Killarney, with Barry John Keane or Darran O'Sullivan expected to take his place.

Kildare's preparations for Sunday's Leinster SFC quarter-final against Louth in Navan have received another blow with confirmation that Ken Donnelly will miss the rest of the season after rupturing a cruciate knee ligament.

The Ellistown attacker suffered the injury during a recent challenge match between Kildare and Sligo.

Kildare have had their share of knee problems in the past 12 months, with Mikey Conway's problems continuing after he suffered his second cruciate injury during last year's All-Ireland qualifier against Wicklow.

There is better news about another knee victim, Dermot Earley. The All Star midfielder has played approximately an hour of football in three challenge matches against Sligo, Cork and Mayo in the last fortnight.

Meanwhile, Setanta Ó hAilpín provided further evidence of his development as a key forward in the AFL, putting what was the worst performance of his career last week behind him with three goals and an assist as Carlton recorded a 29-point victory over West Coast Eagles at Etihad Stadium.

Having failed to get a kick in the defeat to Hawthorn, while making a massive error by playing on and being tackled after winning a mark in the Hawks' goal area, Ó hAilpín was one of Carlton's best players in the 105-76 win over the Eagles.

The Blues' leading scorer for the season -- as well as this game -- put himself in good humour before settling down to watch the Cork-Tipperary Munster SHC tie by slotting two goals in the first quarter, with the third coming in the second.

That brings his tally to 24 for the season so far.

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