KILDARE midfielder Padraig O’Neill is back to full fitness and will be in the frame for a starting position against Dublin.
The St Laurence’s man, who was one of Kildare’s most consistent performers throughout the league, missed the fi rst round Leinster SFC win against Offaly because of bone bruising. However he has returned to full training in the last fortnight. Eoin Doyle, who also missed the Offaly game because of injury, remains a doubt for the Dublin game on 30 June at Croke Park while long-term absentee Brian Flanagan is still on the mend.
Doyle initially injured his ankle against Galway in a challenge game on the May bank holiday weekend but is now struggling with a hamstring injury. He is rated as a doubt for the Dublin game but the Kildare management remain hopeful that he will be fit enough to take his place in the team for the game. Flanagan is still not yet ready to be considered for selection. He hasn’t suffered a setback in his rehab but his knee injury hasn’t healed as quickly as fi rst thought and things will have to improve for him soon if he is feature before the end of the summer.
Kildare’s junior side, featuring senior panellists Sean Hurley, Cathal McNally and Keith Cribbin inched past Wicklow in the Leinster semi-final last Wednesday (12 June) by 0-8 to 0-7 to book a fi nal date with Longford.