Flynn the latest Lily to be hit with appendicitis
Neil Flynn is facing an extended spell on the sidelines after becoming the latest Kildare footballer to have his appendix removed, writes Donnchadh Boyle.
Flynn had his operation last Friday in Naas hospital and is expected to miss around six weeks. He follows in the footsteps of Emmet Bolton, who had the same operation just before Christmas
"This is very unfortunate for Neil as he has been playing fantastic football in recent weeks and has been really working hard on his game," said Kildare manager Cian O'Neill said.
"It is of course particularly bizarre insofar as this case has happened so soon after Emmet's similar case over Christmas.
"The primary focus now is Neil's guided recovery and general health and only then would management discuss a return to play protocol for him."
Flynn is Kildare's top scorer in the League so far and will miss the clash with Down in Newry on Saturday night as the top of the table Lilies look to keep up their drive for a return to the top flight.
Another attacker, Ben McCormack, will also sit out that game with a hamstring strain.
Down could be without full back Gerard McGovern.
The Mourne men are looking to make it three wins in a row but the in-form McGovern is a doubt after picking up a heavy knock in the victory over Derry that saw him forced off at half-time.