O’Donovan back in the frame for Crokes

DR CROKES midfielder Ambrose O’Donovan is fit for Sunday’s Munster Club SFC semi-final against Kilmurry-Ibrickane after missing their quarter-final win over Ballinacourty with a back injury.

O’Donovan has struggled with the complaint throughout the season and was forced off during the Kerry SFC semi-final against West Kerry. But he returned to training with the club last week and crucially emerged unscathed from their Kerry County League Division 1 clash against Gneeveguilla on Sunday.

Dr Crokes manager Harry O’Neill confirmed: “Ambrose trained with us last week and he seemed to be okay. He got more treatment as the week went on and when we played Gneeveguilla at the weekend, we put him on for half an hour and thankfully he came through that okay. He’s in the frame for us now for Sunday.”

Opposing manager John Kennedy is hopeful he will have a full squad available for the tie.

The former Kerry minor and U21 manager has injury concerns over Johnny Daly, Niall Hickey and Odhran O’Dwyer, who were all introduced during their Clare final victory over St Joseph’s Doora-Barefield.

“Johnny has a hamstring problem, Niall has been bothered by his ankle while Odhran has had a dead leg.

They’ve all been carrying knocks but we’re hopeful that they’ll be back training with us tonight and we’ll have a full squad when we sit down to pick our team.

Since they collected their third Clare SFC title in four years, Kilmurry-Ibrickane have had challenge matches against Roscommon champions St Brigid’s, who contest Sunday’s Connacht club decider, Westmeath outfit Garrycastle and NUI Galway’s Sigerson Cup team.

“Those matches were very useful for us,” said Kennedy. “We gave the lads a week off after the county final but they were then back training the following Friday night and were raring to go for the Munster campaign. Along with the challenges, we had a couple weeks of intensive training and we’re now looking forward to Sunday’s game.”

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