SETANTA O hAilpín has returned from injury to reclaim his position in the Carlton team to play Brisbane in what is a vital AFL game for both sides at the Etihad Stadium today.
O hAilpín missed the Blues’ round 13 loss to Fremantle with a calf strain although there had been suggestions that he might have been dropped anyway after his brilliant form from the outset of the season had begun to taper off.
With his team suffering their second successive defeat though, the 27-year-old is likely to have benefited from the enforced break and after returning to training on Monday has gotten the nod to reignite their drive for a coveted top four spot.
Tadhg Kennelly is also expected to make it back for Sydney’s clash with Richmond on Sunday, after his 11th-hour withdrawal from last week’s team with “knee soreness”.
The Listowel man had made a quicker-than-expected recovery from a medial ligament problem in his knee.
“Both Tadhg and Braddy (Daniel Bradshaw) were still a little bit sore later in the week and with nine games to go and both of their histories of knee injuries and knee soreness, there was no point in making an early call on them,” said coach Paul Roos this week.
“They both probably could’ve played, but we don’t want to lose them for two or three or four weeks.”
Meanwhile, Down minor Caolan Mooney has travelled to Australia to partake in a one-month trial with Collingwood, who once had his fellow Mourne native, Martin Clarke on their books.
The Rostrevor teenager, who has just finished his Leaving Cert exams, starred as St Colman’s, Newry won the All-Ireland Colleges’ title in April, beating St Brendan’s, Killarney in the final.
Jim Stynes has revealed on Twitter that he is about to start brain radiation treatment. The Dubliner who is chairman of Melbourne Demons, has recovered well from shoulder surgery.
He had previously stated that specialists believed that the two tumours that had returned after previous treatment, could be terminated a second time.
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