Brophy doubtful for Lilies
PADDY Brophy remains doubtful for Kildare's trip to Newry this Sunday to take on Down in their All-Ireland SFC qualifier clash, the Lilywhite's first match since their disappointing Leinster final loss to Meath.
Brophy injured his back in a heavy collision with Meath captain, Kevin Reilly and suffered spasm in the aftermath of the defeat.
"It was a very strong hit and Kevin certainly put himself in there to make sure he was going to make an impact on Paddy," reflect Kildare boss Jason Ryan last night at a press event.
"He's not great, but he's progressing. We'd be still hopeful he'd be okay for this weekend.
"He's not been good sleeping-wise for a lot of the week just gone. It has been difficult and he's been in a lot of pain."
The experienced Alan Smith replaced Brophy after he went off, scoring two points and was also unlucky not to have added a goal late on and appears now to be vying with Tomás O'Connor and the fit-again Darroch Mulhall for a spot in Ryan's attack on Sunday should Brophy fail to make the starting cut.
Mulhall was set to play against Louth in the first round of Leinster but was stricken with an appendicitis.
Ryan explained: "He's missed a lot and if you miss a lot of football at inter-county level it's hard to get back in. But he's a talented kid."
Otherwise, Ryan described his squad as being in "good shape."
Only former All Star defender Peter Kelly (hamstring) and attacker Fionn Dowling (knee) are definitely ruled out at this juncture while Mick O'Grady is also back in contention after suffering a fractured cheekbone a week prior to the Louth victory.