Hamstring injury rules McManamon out for Dubs
DUBLIN forward Kevin McManamon has been ruled out of the Leinster SFC opener against Westmeath on Saturday.
McManamon picked up a hamstring injury this week and won't see any action when the Dubs take to Croke Park for their championship bow.
The St Jude's man faces a race against time to be fit for the Leinster semi-final against either Offaly or Kildare on June 30 should the Dubs progress.
Other than the long-standing injury to Alan Brogan, McManamon is the only absentee from Jim Gavin's squad.
The Dublin manager recently welcomed forwards Eoghan O'Gara and Cormac Costello back into the frame with Gavin expected to release a team late on Thursday night.
Elsewhere, Eamonn O'Callaghan has been named as captain of the Kildare footballers for 2013.
The Naas stalwart replaces Johnny Doyle, who has skippered Kieran McGeeney's side for the past three seasons.
Fresh from their defeat at the hands of All-Ireland champions Donegal, Tyrone have been dealt a blow with the news that defender Dermot Carlin is set to miss the opening round of the qualifiers.
The Killyclogher clubman replaced PJ Quinn at half-time in Ballybofey but then had to come off himself with a blood injury and played no further part in the game.
It was confirmed yesterday that he has sustained a broken nose that will keep him on the sidelines for six weeks.
Meanwhile, Kilkenny star John Tennyson has been forced to call time on his inter-county hurling career due to persistent injury at the age of just 28.
The Carrickshock clubman discussed his future with team management over the weekend and because he felt his form was not up to inter-county standard, he took the bold decision to step down after an eight-year spell with the senior squad.
Tennyson, a former minor star, battled back from two cruciate ligament injuries but he has lost a certain amount of mobility. He played a bit part in last season's drive to the National League and All-Ireland double, and was part of the squad for the recent league final win over Tipperary, but his game time has been very limited over the past two seasons.
Tennyson departs with six senior All-Ireland medals in his collection, plus five National League honours.
He burst on the scene as a no-nonsense defender with the Kilkenny minors, and he earned the reputation as a real battler when playing in an All-Ireland final only weeks after having his appendix removed.
He was a product of the famous St Kieran's College hurling nursery, and he won a colleges All-Ireland with the school in 2003.