PAUL GALVIN is unlikely to feature for Kerry in their opening NFL match against Cork in Tralee on Sunday week.
Galvin has had surgery to repair a problem with a hip/groin injury and Kerry manager Jack O'Connor last night said the Finuge clubman is still "two to three weeks away" from returning to action. That would rule him out of the game against the Leesiders.
O'Connor is confident that all of his leading players should be back in action sooner rather than later.
"Paul and Killian Young both had similar operations. Killian should be back playing within a week or 10 days, but Paul is maybe two to three weeks away. Tommy Griffin is still nursing his ankle injury and is doing his own bit of work," said O'Connor.
Aidan O'Mahony is also due back soon and, with Mike McCarthy retired, the emphasis will be on trying to restore the one-time All Star centre-back to his former glory.
Kieran Donaghy will miss next weekend's McGrath Cup final due to holidays but should be back for the Cork game. Micheal Quirke's wife gave birth recently and that has put his involvement on hold. Declan O'Sullivan got married on Friday last and will be out of the country for a few weeks.
The emphasis for O'Connor and Kerry is to find defenders. Griffin, Tomas O Se and Tom O'Sullivan are now well into their 30s, while Marc O Se is going into his 11th year as an inter-county senior footballer.