Kerry ace Sheehan out of Cork tie
KERRY'S hopes of beating Cork in next Sunday's Munster semi-final have been hit with the news that midfield star Bryan Sheehan is set to miss out with a knee injury.
Sheehan, who has averaged 0-4 per championship game since his move to midfield, could be out for up to six weeks, according to sources yesterday.
He came into the championship opener against Tipperary carrying an injury and appeared to aggravate it in the closing minutes when he was visibly hurt after incurring another knock.
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Now his participation in Sunday's big game is in massive doubt. The top-class free-taker has been a revelation since moving to midfield last year, bringing his game to a new level and showing greatmobility and stamina.
He will have intensive treatment on the injury but it's thought there is no way he'll line out against the Rebels. His loss will be massive -- he bagged 2-18 in last year's championship.
The long-serving Seamus Scanlon is now expected to come in to partner Anthony Maher at midfield and either Colm Cooper or Declan O'Sullivan will assume the long-range free-taking duties. Kerry also have the option of moving Kieran Donaghy to centre-field.
Meanwhile, Marc ó Sé is fit after a hamstring injury forced him to miss the game against Tipperary.
Next Sunday's game will be played at 2.0, avoiding a direct clash with Ireland's Euro 2012 opener against Croatia.
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