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Kildare suffer Flynn injury blow ahead of Wicklow clash

MIDFIELDER Daryl Flynn has been ruled out of the Kildare team to play Wicklow in the Leinster SFC at O'Moore Park tomorrow after suffering an ankle injury in training on Thursday night.

The initial prognosis was that the midfielder had damaged ligaments, but fears remain that he may have suffered a fracture as well.

The Moorefield ace missed the first four games of the Allianz League due to suspension but had impressed towards the latter stages after his return.

Kieran McGeeney will wait until closer to throw-in to name a replacement, although speculation about a likely centre-field role for Johnny Doyle is sure to increase with this latest development.

Mayo's Austin O'Malley will make his debut for Wicklow, while 'keeper Mervyn Travers returns between the posts.

Carlow hurlers will feature three championship debutants in tomorrow's Leinster SHC clash with Westmeath -- goalkeeper Kevin Kehoe, midfielder Jack Kavanagh and full-forward Ruari Dunbar.

Fermanagh football boss John O'Neill has named six champion-ship debutants for their Ulster SFC clash with Derry. James McGrath starts in goals, while John Woods, Terry O'Flanaghan, Brian Og Maguire, Tomás Corrigan and Sean Quigley will all start their first championship games.

Tipp's footballers will start against Kerry without Peter Acheson, but Barry Grogan and Ciaran McDonald have recovered and championship debuts are given to Cathal Dillon and Lorcan Egan.

Elsewhere, Rory O'Donnell has resigned as Fermanagh senior hurling manager after the team's Ulster SHC defeat to Armagh last Saturday.

Irish Independent