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Friday 23 June 2017

Kildare sweat on super-sub Slattery

David Slattery. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
David Slattery. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Promotion-chasing Kildare are sweating on the fitness of their latest goalscoring hero, David Slattery, for next Sunday's Allianz FL encounter with Clare in Newbridge.

Slattery announced his arrival on the big stage with a two-goal salvo off the bench during last Saturday's five-point winning raid on Down.

But the Confey clubman picked up a shoulder injury during his priceless cameo in Páirc Esler, with the result that the half-time substitute was himself replaced after 65 minutes.

Slattery hasn't been ruled out of Sunday's Division 2 clash, although Kildare are more hopeful than confident that he'll recover in time.

According to local radio station KFM, Slattery suffered a "grade one sprain to his AC joint (shoulder) and will be monitored daily this week in the hope that he will be available for selection this weekend."

The pacey attacker has established something of a reputation as a prolific goal-getter for Confey over the past two seasons.

Phenomenal

Kildare boss Cian O'Neill was the first to salute his contribution against Down, when he found the net in the 37th and 50th minute to clinch a 2-9 to 0-10 win. "We always say to the subs, 'Make an impact, make a difference.' His difference was phenomenal," O'Neill enthused.

Skipper Eoin Doyle also made a late exit in Newry, with a shin injury, but Kildare are confident that he'll take his place in defence as they go chasing the victory that will guarantee back-to-back promotions with a game to spare.

Neil Flynn (appendicitis) and Ben McCormack (hamstring) are still recovering from their ailments and it's understood they won't be available. Fellow attacker Chris Healy, who was selected to face Down but made a late withdrawal with a toe injury, could come back into the reckoning, fitness permitting.

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