Friday 19 January 2018

Sheehan set to miss Rebel showdown

KERRY will have to find a new midfield partnership for next Sunday's Munster semi-final against Cork with Bryan Sheehan set to miss the Pairc Ui Chaoimh encounter through injury.

Sheehan faces a month on the sidelines after aggravating an ongoing knee problem in the closing stages of the Kingdom's win over Tipperary in their Munster SFC opener.

The St Mary's Caherciveen clubman -- who is Kerry's principal free-taker -- will have intensive treatment on the injury but he's unlikely to face the Rebels.

Veteran 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 midfield as the Austin Stacks powerhouse only came on as a sub against Tipperary.

However, there is some good news for Jack O'Connor as Marc O Se is fit again after a hamstring injury forced him to miss the Tipperary game.

Elsewhere, Seanie Johnston appears to be on the brink of getting the green light for his transfer from Cavan Gaels to Kildare club St Kevin's after the Central Appeals Committee (CAC) advised the Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) to rubberstamp the move.

According to reports in Kildare, the CAC have informed the CCCC they can give the move the go-ahead after the CCCC had sought clarification from them following their decision to uphold the player's appeal against their refusal to allow the transfer to take place.

The CCCC had turned down the transfer request on the grounds of residency and ethos before the CAC last week gave the green light to the transfer because there had been no formal objection by either Cavan Gaels or the Cavan County Board within 10 days of the application.

If the CCCC follow the CAC's instruction at their next meeting tomorrow, Johnston could yet play for Kildare in this year's championship. Under new GAA rules, however, Johnston cannot line out for the Lilywhites until he has represented his new club in the local championship.

This means he won't be able to play for the Lilywhites in their Leinster SFC quarter-final against Offaly on June 17. St Kevin's are due to face Sarsfields in the next round of the Kildare SFC, but no date has been fixed for this encounter.

Irish Independent

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