Earley to make call on inter-county career
KILDARE ace Dermot Earley has undergone yet another knee operation in a further attempt to get his football career back on track.
Earley went under the knife last month and hopes to begin his rehab programme within the next few weeks.
The veteran midfielder, whose Sarsfields side defeated St Laurence's in the Kildare semi-final on Sunday, has no chance of lining out in the county final against Carbury on Sunday week.
"I had a minor op about three weeks ago to tidy up a bit of loose cartilage that was in the knee, to take it out," said Earley, who previously had four knee operations -- two cruciate and two cartilage.
"I didn't play in any of the club's championship matches because I couldn't train, because the knee started swelling up. The knee was locking on me.
"But now, structurally the knee and the ligaments are all fine. It was just that over the years bits of cartilage had broken off.
"I'm always going to have a bit of pain in it because of what I've been through," continued Earley, who was introduced as a substitute in this year's championship clashes against Meath, Cavan, Sligo and Cork.
"However, if it doesn't stop me from training that's a positive, but at county level you need to be training the whole time. So I'll have just to wait and see how it reacts in the next couple of weeks before I make any call.
"Regardless, I'll play club football next year, but I haven't made a decision on whether I'll be going back to the county yet."
With regard to Sarsfields' bid to land their first county title since 2005, Earley said: "I'd love to play in the county final -- I'd love to have played in all the club games -- but it wouldn't be fair on me or any of the boys to just go in. I want to give the knee a bit of rest for it to heal properly, to get it right."
In the Leinster Club Championship, Sarsfields or Carbury face either Louth's St Patrick's or the Offaly champions on November 11.