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Kerry ponder Griffin gamble after Young blow

Kerry may throw rookie defender Mark Griffin in at the deep end for Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final against Dublin after the Kingdom lost Killian Young for the season on Saturday to a serious ankle injury.

Young collapsed in agony jostling for a kick-out with Kieran O’Leary in the first half of a behind closed doors game at Fota Island resort in Cork and was removed by ambulance to Cork University Hospital.

The obvious replacement for the Renard man against Dublin would be Kerry captain Eoin Brosnan, but Kerry could rework their defensive match-ups to include Griffin. The young St Michael’s Foilmore defender has impressed when given the chance this season.

Rathmore’s Aidan O’Mahony also played a full part in the final trial, and after coming through unscathed, would be a further option for Eamonn Fitzmaurice and his selectors.

Kerry officials confirmed that Young had sustained an ankle fracture. He is likely to be operated on in Dublin next week. The injury occurred in an innocuous looking tussle for possession but Young appeared immediately aware of the severity of the problem.

Fitzmaurice and his selectors travelled from Cork to Croke Park for yesterday’s first semi-final recognising that opting to start Mark Griffin against Dublin is a gamble but also aware he has not let them down in League and Championship this year.

Eoin Brosnan has had a stop-start campaign this season but would expect to get the nod for the No 6 jersey against Jim Gavin’s Dubs. Legion’s Jonathan Lyne also played a full part in the Fota Island final trial but is unlikely to feature next Sunday after a length spell on the sidelines with an ankle injury.