Wednesday 25 April 2018

Sligo forced into reshuffle

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

SLIGO boss Kevin Walsh will be forced to radically reshape his team for next weekend's difficult trip to Wicklow after losing three of the players who started the defeat against Leitrim, two of them to suspensions.

Centre-back Brian Curran received a red card in Sligo's shock Connacht championship loss and, after being reported for 'stamping', got an eight-week ban, which he appealed unsuccessfully.

Half-forward Alan Costello is also out after receiving a surprise retrospective one-game ban from the same match. The former Mayo player received the suspension for something he said to referee Joe Curley after the final whistle in Markievicz Park.

Sligo have also lost their starting full-forward -- Kenneth Sweeney -- from the Leitrim game, as he has gone to London for the summer.

And Sean Davey, who did well when he came off the bench last time out, is on crutches after having surgery on a long-standing Achilles problem.

Forward star David Kelly still hasn't even returned for his club due to an ongoing ankle problem, but one consolation is that another long-time injury absentee, Johnny Davey, is expected to start against Wicklow.

Davey tore his cruciate in the qualifiers last year but he played a full championship match for his club (St Mary's) last week without any setbacks.

Mark Breheny, who was not fit to start against Leitrim but came off the bench and did well until his hamstring problem recurred, is also expected to be ready to start.

Another badly needed boost is that Colm McGee, who did well for Sligo last year but has also been out long-term, made a reappearance for Tubbercurry recently and has also returned to county training.

Irish Independent

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