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Rebel trio fit but dual star Eoin is doubtful

KEY trio Colm O'Neill, Paddy Kelly and Graham Canty are all fit to play for Cork in Sunday's All-Ireland SFC clash with Kildare, although the Rebels now have doubts over Eoin Cadogan 9pictured), writes Conor McKeon.

Cork's lone dual player was substituted with 20 minutes remaining of last Sunday's All-Ireland SHC quarter-final victory over Waterford, owing to illness, and he may not be in a position to train with Conor Counihan's men until later this week.

O'Neill, Kelly and Canty all missed the Munster final cakewalk win over Clare and so haven't played a competitive match in eight weeks since Cork's provincial semi-final victory over Kerry on June 10th.

Meanwhile, Larry Tompkins says he would throw Seánie Johnston in from the start for Saturday's clash of his two former counties.


Tompkins made the switch from Kildare to Cork in 1987 and says he has sympathy for Johnston after his protracted transfer to the Lilywhites from Cavan, stressing how "the situation dragged on far too long".

"He's a gifted player and it would be unfortunate if he didn't get to don the colours of the county and express his skills," said Tompkins.

He has, however, yet to start a match for Kildare - coming on as a sub against Cavan, Limerick and Sligo in their three qualifier matches to date - but Tompkins thinks Johnston's talents are suited to Croke Park and exactly what Kieran McGeeney's starting XV are missing.

"He's a natural forward and I think Kildare probably need someone up there to get the scores on a consistent basis," Tompkins said.

Tompkins added that Cork's lack of gametime was "a worry" for the Rebels "because of the fact that it's a couple of months since they played Kerry and they didn't really get much of a test against Clare. So they're a little bit in the dark."

"Kildare are coming off three knock out games and they're on Championship pace," he added.