Injury updates issued on Kildare captain Doyle and goalscorer Slattery

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Injury updates issued on Kildare captain Doyle and goalscorer Slattery
20:00 Monday 20th of March 2017

Kildare captain Eoin Doyle is expected to be fit for Kildare's final home game in the National League as the Lilywhites look to secure a return to Divsion 1 football when they host Clare on Sunday.

Doyle was taken off in injury time following a collision with a Down player as Kildare closed out the game, but the initial assessment is positive and he will face the Banner men this weekend if everything goes to plan.

David Slattery is a bigger concern however, after he was forced off the field due to a shoulder injury with five minutes of normal time remaining in Newry. The Confey forward had only been sprung from the bench at half-time in place of Cathal McNally, but he had a monumental impact as his two goals proved decisive in the 2-9 to 0-10 win.

Slattery suffered a Grade 1 sprain to his AC joint in his right shoulder, and he will be monitored this week on a daily basis as manager Cian O'Neill hopes to have him available for Sunday.

There has been no update on Chris Healy's injury after the Two Mile House man narrowly missed out on inclusion against Down. He had been named to start but his place was taken at the eleventh hour by Conor Hartley as he failed to shake off a toe injury sustained at county training on Thursday night.

"It was just one of these freak things on Thursday night," explained O'Neill.

"We had a light session because we were playing 48 hours, and obviously with Ben[McCormack] and Neill[Flynn] injured, Chris had a huge leadership role today in that top line. It was just a pure freak; he got into a collision when his foot hit the ground awkwardly. We thought he might be able to play through it, we gave him right up to the warm-up but it just wasn't happening. In stepped Conor Hartley, I mean for a young guy who's only 19 years of age he put in a huge shift before he came off there so I'm delighted with the depth of the panel."

Speaking after the win over Down on Saturday night, O'Neill also issued a fitness update on Ben McCormack who hasn't played for the senior team since the second round win over Cork in February.

"Ben is recovering well. He went back doing some straight line running this week. There's still a bit to go; two-three weeks anyway, but it's pleasing how quickly his recovery is because we feared the worst when it happened because of the nature of the hamstring injury.

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