O'HARA & KELLY MAY MISS FINAL.
Byline: PADDY HICKEY
SLIGO could be forced to line out with influential duo Eamonn O'Hara and David Kelly in Sunday's Connacht football final against Mayo at Hyde Park.
According to a Sligo source, veteran midfielder O'Hara is still troubled by a knee problem on which he underwent cruciate ligament surgery last summer.
And worryingly for boss Kevin Walsh and for Sligo 's prospects of capturing the Connacht title for the first time since 2007, the player recently underwent a "surgical procedure" on the same knee in Galway.
On top of that, the preparations of corner-forward Kelly has been significantly curtailed due to an ankle injury which resulted in him missing a recent Championship match for his club.
The talismanic duo were ruled out of all Sligo's eight games in their Division Three campaign in this year's Allianz League, and Kelly also missed most of last year due to his ankle injury.
Both 36-year-old O'Hara and Kelly were also sidelined for the provincial opener against New York in Gaelic Park on May 6, with O'Hara injuring his knee training in the Big Apple prior to the clash against the exiles.
The Tourlestrane man sat out the provincial semi-final win over Galway, at Pearse Stadium on June 9. Encouragingly, Walsh was able to welcome back Kelly for the Salthill tie.
But subsequently Kelly experienced considerable soreness in his troublesome ankle and, as a result, he was unable to play any part in his club Tubbercurry's recent crucial second round game in the Sligo SFC against Castleconnor.
"It would be a surprise if David Kelly was able to start the game against Mayo, and I don't know if he would be even able to come on as a sub," said a Tubbercurry club official on the situation regarding the gifted forward.
"David was a big loss to us against Castleconnor as we lost the game.
"He's not with us (Tubbercurry) at the moment, but I believe he's only able to do light training with Sligo."
TALENTED Kelly scored two points in semi-final SURGERY O'Hara had op on his knee yet again