Defenders out for Kildare

Kildare boss Padraig Nolan has to do without defenders defenders Andrew McLoughlin and Karl Ennis in Sunday's Leinster football championship clash with Wicklow at Croke Park.

Kildare boss Padraig Nolan has to do without defenders defenders Andrew McLoughlin and Karl Ennis in Sunday's Leinster football championship clash with Wicklow at Croke Park.

Both players failed to recover from injury this week and fitness tests ruled them out of the equation for selection.

Anthony Rainbow moves from the left to the right corner of defence to make way for Round Towers club man Padraig Mullarkey, who is making his first championship start for two years.

Midfielder Michael Foley moves to right half-back, Glenn Ryan is in the heart of defence, flanked on the other wing by Clane's David Lyons.

Willy Heffernan partners Killian Brennan at midfield, while U21 star Padraig O'Neill gets his first start at centre-forward, flanked by Eamonn Callaghan and Ronan Sweeney, who has recovered from a hip injury.

Stuart McKenzie-Smith is named at full-forward with the experienced Tadgh Fennin and John Doyle in the corners.

KILDARE (SFC v Wicklow): E Murphy; A Rainbow, D Hendy, P Mullarkey; M Foley, G Ryan, D Lyons; W, Heffernan, K Brennan; E Callaghan, P O'Neill, R Sweeney; T Fennin, S Mackenzie-Smith, J Doyle.

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