Hamstrung Galvin out of Kingdom line-up for Mayo clash

CONCERNS about Paul Galvin’s troublesome hamstring appear to have forced Jack O’Connor to make one change to the Kerry team that beat Limerick for Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final against Mayo.

The 2009 footballer of the year has been replaced by Kieran O’Leary in the Kingdom attack, with the Dr Crokes man named in the full-forward line and Darran O’Sullivan pushing back out to the 40 where he played during the Munster championship.

Galvin trained last night but there are worries about the hamstring problems that have set him back during the championship.

O’Sullivan has been named in the team despite coming off in the quarter-final earlier this month after tweaking a hamstring.

However, he has been training since and will be expected to carry on his scintillating form this season.

Tomás Ó Sé, who was the only starting player missing from training last night, is also selected to start even though he injured a hamstring in a behind closed doors training session in Fota Island last weekend.

Although a scan on his leg showed no tear to the muscle, the An Ghaeltacht man is undergoing intense physiotherapy to ensure he is as right as possible for Sunday.

Defender Shane Enright, who was believed to be pushing hard for a starting position, has also been held back by a hamstring injury of his own but has been named on the bench.

Dingle’s versatile Tommy Griffin is named in the panel for the first time this year after fully recovering from a serious tendon injury.

Meanwhile, Mickey Moran has been re-appointed as Leitrim manager for a fourth year after a special county board meeting on Tuesday.

Only four votes were cast against the Derry man and selector Brian Breen. Moran’s other management member Martin McGowan has stepped down from his role.

Tickets are believed to be selling fast for Sunday week’s All-Ireland semi-final between Dublin and Donegal. With packages such as well as the €10 ticket available through the club scheme, there is speculation it could be the first sell-out championship game of the year at Croke Park.

Elsewhere, Brian Dooher’s season has been brought to a premature end by injury. The Tyrone captain has undergone surgery on a jaw injury sustained in a club game last weekend.

Initial fears that his jaw was broken were allayed, but a dislocation required an operation, and the insertion of wires. Dooher is likely to miss the remainder of the season.

KERRY (SF v Mayo): B Kealy; K Young, M Ó Sé, T O’Sullivan; T Ó Sé, E Brosnan, A O’Mahony; A Maher, B Sheehan; Darran O’Sullivan, Declan O’Sullivan, D Walsh; C Cooper, K Donaghy, K O’Leary.

Subs: T Mac an t’Saoir, S Enright, P Galvin, D Bohane, J O’Donoghue, S Scanlon, BJ Keane, P Reidy, T Griffin, J Buckley, P Crowley, B McGuire, D Geaney, N O’Mahony, A O’Connell, D Casey.

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