Kildare will be without team captain Eoin Doyle and Daniel Flynn for their Leinster championship opener against Wexford tomorrow week, while Niall Kelly faces a race against time to be fit.
Doyle played no part in the league campaign and though he made a cameo appearance in a challenge against Laois, has insufficient time on the pitch to be considered for selection.
Flynn missed the Division 3 final loss to Clare with a hamstring injury and though he is making progress, the Wexford game will come too early.
Kelly suffered a calf strain and is considered a major doubt. With such attacking talent in danger of missing out, Doyle has hailed the input of U21 star Neil Flynn.
Flynn made a significant early impact in the League final with a brilliant goal and some excellent dead ball kicking, having scored 11 points in Kildare’s extra time Leinster U21 final loss to Dublin.
“There’s been a freshness in the panel,” said Doyle at yesterday’s launch in Hawkfield of Elverys Sports as official retail partner to Kildare GAA.
“Lads have been brought in that have shaken things up and given lads a kick in the hole. That’s good for a panel.
“Neil Flynn has stepped up in the league final. He’s a young lad that’s got great potential, one of these lads coming up from underage looking to drive us on.
“The day when you’re looking to the senior players to lead you is gone. You look at the top teams and you’ve always younger lads pushing it on.
“We have other lads like Ryan Houlihan and Chris Healy, who’s after coming in now from the 21s, who are in with us now. There’s an awful lot of young talent coming through.”
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