KILDARE will have to do battle with Galway in Salthill this Sunday without the services of Eamonn Callaghan, writes Ruth O’Brien.
The Naas club man has been ruled with a groin injury and is awaiting treatment.
Midfield man Daryl Flynn also remains a big doubt for the final Division 2 encounter. The Moorefield player missed out on Kildare’s victory over Westmeath with a groin injury.
Flynn was expected to return to training last week, however did not and could start on the substitutes bench at Pearse Stadium.
Captain Johnny Doyle is also a doubt and didn’t train last weekend but management are hopeful that the Allenwood man will be fit to line out in the all important clash.
Clane’s Tomas O’Connor is currently nursing a slight hamstring injury but he is expected to be available for the trip west.
The Lilies, who need either a draw or a win to secure promotion, will travel to Galway by bus on Sunday morning, which isn’t ideal preparation for such a vital game.
The home side, under the tutelage of Alan Mulholland, need to win if they are to make a swift return to the top flight and set up a final meeting with table toppers Tyrone.
The Lilies currently have one point more than the Tribesmen and have recovered well from early defeats by Tyrone and Monaghan.
Kieran McGeeney’s side annihilated a poor Westmeath side the last day out, while they have also accounted for Louth, Derry and Meath.
Big travelling support is expected in Pearse Stadium on Easter Sunday. The game throws in at 2.30pm and deferred coverage will be shown on TG4.