KILDARE may have to plan without Ollie Lyons after he dislocated his collar bone at the weekend.
The Celbridge defender was stretchered off after a hefty challenge during a challenge game against Kerry on Saturday. It was initially feared that Lyons had broken his collar-bone but the Kildare medical team are waiting for the swelling to subside before assessing his fitness for Sunday’s Leinster semi-final against Dublin. A decision will not be made until later in the week.
Having been detailed to man-mark Dublin ace Bernard Brogan in previous encounters with the Dubs, Lyons’s injury is a huge concern to Kildare. The Lilies are still sweating on the fitness of half-back Eoin Doyle as well, who is the only other injury concern ahead of Sunday’s Leinster semi-final at Croke.
Doyle was named in the Kildare team to take on Offaly in the Leinster quarter-final but was a late withdrawal having injured his ankle in a challenge game on the May bank holiday weekend. He has recovered from that injury but a hamstring injury threatens his involvement against Dublin.
Rumours of an injury to the evergreen Johnny Doyle over the weekend were unfounded and the Kildare camp have confirmed that the 35-year-old is ready to take his place in the starting line up for the 65thconsecutive championship game.
Sharpshooter Alan Smith is another who should be fit to fight for a starting role after overcoming a hamstring problem.
St Laurence’s Padraig O’Neill and Moorefield’s Ronan Sweeney both played with their clubs in the senior football league at the weekend. O’Neill was workmanlike in midfield for the Larries against Athy while Sweeney scored 1-4 in the Moores’ victory against Naas.