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Thursday 14 December 2017

CIARáN KILKENNY will start his first Dublin game for almost a year after being included on the team to face All-Ireland champions Kerry.

Gavin puts Kilkenny in from start for Kerry showdown

CIARáN KILKENNY will start his first Dublin game for almost a year after being included on the team to face All-Ireland champions Kerry.

Fifty-one weeks since rupturing the cruciate ligament in his left knee against Kildare, the former underage prodigy will complete his return to full fitness in Killarney tomorrow (throw-in 2.0).

Castleknock man Kilkenny made an impressive comeback off the bench against Donegal three weeks ago, when an early injury to Tomás Brady prompted his 19th minute entry into a Croke Park cauldron.

He quickly adjusted to what proved a seriously intense contest, evidently convincing his manager - Jim Gavin - that Kilkenny was ready to resume starting duty.

He is now listed at No 12, at the expense of Ballymun's Davey Byrne, in one of three changes from the team that started last day out.

Another notable switch see Rory O'Carroll recalled at full-back - presumably with a view to negating Kieran Donaghy's aerial threat - as Mick Fitzsimons drops to the bench.

Jack McCaffrey is also rewarded for his spectacular 1-1 cameo against Donegal; he is listed in a familiar left half-back role as Eric Lowndes makes way.

As ever with Dublin selections, 11th hour alterations cannot be ruled out but the team remains a long way off full strength, with just five players who started their last SFC match listed.

DUBLIN (SF v Kerry):

S Currie; E Culligan, R O'Carroll, D Daly; J Cooper, J Small, J McCaffrey; D Bastick, E O Conghaile; T Brady, D Rock, C Kilkenny; K McManamon, E O'Gara, C Costello.

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