Tuesday 18 June 2019

Keane: We will miss Crowley influence

Kerry manager Peter Keane. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Kerry manager Peter Keane. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Kevin McCarthy is unlikely to be involved with the county team for the foreseeable future as Kerry manager Peter Keane confirmed that All-Star nominee Gavin White is back in contention for a place on the team to play Clare tomorrow week in the Munster semi-final.

With Peter Crowley out with a cruciate ligament rupture, White's importance has grown again and Keane confirmed he had participated in his first contact session last night.

McCarthy, according to the manager, is "awaiting an operation" while goalkeeper Shane Murphy has left the squad and Michael Potts has returned to the U-20s. White picked up a shoulder injury in April.

Tommy Walsh, David Moran and Gavin O'Brien all played a league match with their club last week and are also in contention to play.

Keane acknowledged the loss of Crowley would be felt. "It is disappointing for him and it is disappointing for us because he had a great league," said Keane. "He settled well into the full-back line, was offering great guidance and experience to the younger players around him. It is important we keep him involved."

Liam Kearney (Spa) and Danny Sheahan (Legion) have joined the squad but Keane confirmed they would not be replacing Murphy, electing to stick with Shane Ryan and Brian Kelly as goalkeepers.

He acknowledged the Dr Crokes players were at a slight disadvantage because of their club final involvement later in the season.

"They're getting used to us and we're getting used to them, whereas the other guys would have been getting used to us during the January, February, and March months. They're a bit behind in that, but that's just what it is," said Keane.

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