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Monday 18 December 2017

Kelly boost for Daly's men

DUBLIN hurlers have received a timely boost on the cusp of their Allianz League Division 1 title defence after Peter Kelly resumed full training with the squad last night.

The versatile Kelly has been sidelined in recent weeks with a knee injury but will now be available for selection when Anthony Daly's management team finalise their line-up for this Sunday's Division 1A opener against Galway in Pearse Stadium, Salthill.

The Lucan Sarsfields clubman was unlucky to miss out on an All Star last year, having delivered a string of stellar performances after being parachuted into full-back in the wake of Tomás Brady's cruciate injury.

Even were Kelly to be included this Sunday, he definitely won't be renewing an edge-of-the-square battle with Joe Canning after the Galway talisman damaged his AC shoulder joint while on Fitzgibbon Cup duty for Limerick IT against GMIT yesterday.

Canning was removed by ambulance to hospital after a second half collision amid fears of a shoulder dislocation that would leave him sidelined for four to six weeks. He had already amassed 1-8 (1-6 from placed balls) before departing as LIT strolled into the Fitzgibbon semi-finals with a 1-20 to 0-8 victory at Moylish.

KILDARE have withdrawn their request for a hearing to contest a proposed €5,000 fine for their role in the recent Clones melee, fearful of the same CHC fate that befell opponents Monaghan who had a similar fine replaced by the loss of home advantage for a league match.

"We feel it would be unfair to ask our supporters to travel to Derry for our round four fixture, which would be our next 'home' game," explained chairman John McMahon.

Meanwhile, former Cavan native Seánie Johnston appeared before the CCCC last night as part of his application for an inter-county transfer to join Kildare club St Kevin's. A ruling is not expected for a few days.

KERRY'S Tommy Walsh is primed to make his debut for the Sydney Swans this Friday night in the NAB cup against his old side St Kilda.

Walsh has been named in a 34-man squad for games against the Saints and Geelong. It's not his first appearance in the pre-season competition, having lined out for St Kilda during his time there. But despite debuting in the tournament he failed to secure a berth in their senior side during his two years at the club.

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