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Harte upbeat about injured trio ahead of Kildare clash

MICKEY Harte has admitted that it’s too early to tell if Richie Donnelly, Paudie Hampsey and Kieran McGeary will be fully fit to face Kildare at Newbridge on Saturday in the third round of the All-Ireland Qualifers.

“We will be hopeful but we don’t really know as yet. We will leave the final decision to the medics and the lads themselves to see how they are,” he explained.

However, while unsure about their availability just yet, he is ‘optimistic’ that at least one of them will be ready to go on Saturday afternoon.

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“We were hoping [Donnelly] would play last week but he still had a bit of a niggle with a quad injury,” Harte added.

“He had to decide during the warm up whether he was ready to play an intense game for the fully seventy minutes. So he took a wise decision to give himself a better chance for this weekend and sit that one out.”

“Paudie is recovering well from a groin injury. But again this week will tell the tale. It’s to early as yet to say what if any role he will play but we are probably more optimistic than we were last week that he will be available.

“[McGeary] got a thump about the stomach and didn’t feel too badly at the time. But there was a delayed reaction afterwards and he felt the effects of it later, but he’s fine now.”

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