Peter Keane will give Sean O'Shea all the time he needs before Tuam trip as Damien Comer goes under the knife
Kerry manager Peter Keane will make an 11th-hour decision on whether to start starlet Sean O'Shea against Galway on Sunday after his hectic schedule over the last few weeks, while he has also confirmed the county won't appeal Brian Ó Beaglaoich's one-game ban.
O'Shea has played every minute of Kerry's three league matches so far as well as UCC's three Sigerson Cup outings.
In all, the Kenmare man has played six high-class games since January 16, including five matches in the last four weeks.
The talented youngster has been in blistering form so far this year with his 2-3 in the Sigerson Cup semi-final on Sunday bringing his total for county and college so far this season to 2-39.
Keane revealed he'll wait until late in the week before making a decision on O'Shea and his UCC team-mate Killian Spillane.
"I have alluded to the fact before that we will have four league games and three Sigerson Cup games in a short space of time and that increases the expectations on the likes of Seanie O'Shea," Keane said.
"But there is a lot of football to be played this week so will see how that pans out and see who we have when we sit down and pick the team on Thursday night."
Keane also reported that David Clifford should return in around three weeks, with James O'Donoghue on a similar time-frame.
Jason Foley, Shane Enright and Gavin Crowley should be available for the trip to face Kevin Walsh's side while Kevin McCarthy is also back in tow after his heroics with Kilcummin that saw him hit 3-7 as they romped to the All-Ireland club IFC title.
However, An Ghaeltacht man Ó Beaglaoich won't feature in the clash in Tuam.
"Brian will miss the Galway game as he has received a one-match ban," Keane said. "I did not see it as I was on the other side of the field when I saw a bit of a skirmish going on," he said of the melee.
"But as to how it started and who got involved or whether it was good to see fellas coming in or not, that is kind of irrelevant. At the end of the day we are out there, we are playing football and we are putting out a team and seeing how that works is more important to us."
Galway will be without star forward Damien Comer for the rest of the league after it emerged he requires surgery on an ankle injury.
Meanwhile, Dublin will be without defenders John Small (suspended) and Eric Lowndes (injured) for their clash with Mayo in Croke Park on Saturday.