Monday 18 November 2019

Doyle injury 'worrying' - Lilies boss O'Neill quashes Flynn return talk


INJURY: Kildare captain Eoin Doyle (left) with manager Cian O’Neill. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
INJURY: Kildare captain Eoin Doyle (left) with manager Cian O’Neill. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Kildare captain Eoin Doyle is now a major injury concern ahead of the Lilywhites' opening Leinster SFC against Wicklow on May 11.

Doyle limped out of a challenge match on Tuesday night between Kildare and Roscommon to mark the 100th year anniversary of the Robertstown club with an injury that manager, Cian O'Neill admitted afterwards was "worrying".

"He came off before he felt a full tear but he is definitely conscious that something happened," O'Neill explained.

"The lads will assess it and we'll see how it is but it's awful shame because he's our captain, our leader."

O'Neill also poured cold water on speculation linking Daniel Flynn to a return to his panel.

Flynn, an All Star nominee in each of the past two seasons, withdrew from the squad before the beginning of this year due to his studies and having spent the early part of the year in America.

However, he played for Johnstownbridge in two recent club games having abandoned plans for a prolonged stay in the States, fueling local talk of a potential return.

"Dan is home and he is back kicking ball with the club," O'Neill confirmed.

"We've met and had a chat but Dan has a lot of his own priorities at the moment. To be fair to the man, he was always honest and up front about what his focus was for the year but we said that we'd keep in touch over the coming weeks.

"Myself, more than anyone, would love to see Dan back in a Kildare shirt but you have to be fair to players as well, they are all adults and all humans.

"We'll keep in touch and see where he is at."

There was more positive news about Athy's Niall Kelly, however.

Kelly wasn't part of O'Neill's League squad after spending an extended period travelling but is due to back this week and has already indicated his intention to play for Kildare this summer.

"He's in good form, as would I after four months in Thailand," O'Neill joked, "and there is no doubt that he wants to get back into the club scene.

"I'm looking forward to seeing where he is but I know he is looking forward to being back playing football."

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