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McNamee injury blow for Offaly

OFFALY'S chances of causing an upset in their Leinster Senior Football Championship clash with Kildare on Sunday have suffered a huge blow after it was confirmed that star forward Niall McNamee will play no part in the game at O'Moore Park.

McNamee has been struggling with a groin injury and has missed large parts of the campaign.

Offaly may also be without McNamee's brother, Alan, who has a calf injury, while lesser doubts remain over Niall Smyth, Richie Dalton and Nigel Dunne.

Kildare will be without Eamonn Callaghan, who could be out for up to eight weeks after having an operation in Philadelphia on a troublesome groin injury.

Doubts over John Doyle and Ollie Lyons (both quad) have cleared up.

Meanwhile, Donegal are unlikely to risk their star forward Michael Murphy for their clash with Derry on Saturday.

Doubts still remain over Rory Kavanagh's participation, but Neil McGee is expected to be available for selection by Jim McGuinness.

Derry will make a final decision on the fitness of Eoin Bradley, Cailean O'Boyle and Gerard O'Kane after training tonight.

Joe Canning and David Collins have been passed fit to play for Galway against Offaly in the Leinster hurling championship semi-final on Sunday.

Collins is likely to come into a full-back line that looked shaky at times against Westmeath.

Goalkeeper James Skehill, who has been out of action since March with a dislocated shoulder, is also likely to return.

Irish Independent

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