It’s too early in the week yet for team announcements for Sunday but the papers this morning have some news from the Kerry camp. Both the Irish Independent and Irish Examiner have reports on the reinforcements being added by Eamon Fitzmaurice to his Kerry squad since the opening two rounds of this year’s league campaign.
The Indo has an interview with the Kerry boss, in which it’s confirmed that Marc Ó Sé, Darran O’Sullivan and the Dr. Crokes contingent – Johnny Buckley, Fionn Fitzgerald, Daithi Casey and Kieran O’Leary – are all back in training with the Kingdom, though not all of them are expected to feature in Castlebar. While the evergreen Ó Sé is, I’d say, a cert to line out the next day, O’Sullivan had a double-hip operation last October and it sounds as if he’s being eased back into action so is unlikely to start against us. I’d say he might feature at some stage, though, depending on how the game is going.
There’s a piece featuring Johnny Buckley in the Examiner, where the Crokes man – who I’d say will almost certainly displace the lumbering David Moran to start at midfield along with Anthony Maher – reckons that his clubmate Kieran O’Leary is unlikely to play on Sunday due to an unspecified knock. The other two Crokes lads could also be in the frame to start at MacHale Park.
I see that the poll here on the site is showing strong support at the minute – 77% of all votes cast – for a home win. Paddy Power seem to agree with this assessment, as we’re on offer with them at a measly 8/13 to bag our first league points on Sunday.