Houlihan the Latest Withdrawal from Ireland Squad & Stander and Murray Nominated for 6 Nations Player Award.
Martin O'Neill has confirmed Wes Hoolahan will miss the game against Wales on Friday because of a thigh strain suffered while playing for Norwich at the weekend.
Team captain Seamus Coleman missed training today, but O'Neill says he will be OK to take his place in the team.
Daryl Murphy is a more serious doubt due to a sore calf. James McCarthy is expected in from Everton today and will be assessed by the Irish medical team.
Six other players have been confirmed as injury absentees for Friday's clash - Harry Arter, Rob Elliot, Paul McShane, Ciaran Clark, Liam Kelly and David McGoldrick.
Conor Murray and CJ Stander have both been shortlised for the Six Nations Player of the Tournament award.
The Munster pair are two of the 12 players to be nominated.
Champions England have three, while there are two players each from Scotland, Wales and France, and one from Italy.
Kildare are back on top of the National football League, following Saturday night’s win over Down.
Kildare are now top on 8 points, one ahead of Galway, with Meath and next Sunday’s opponents Clare on 5. A win or a draw for Kildare against Clare next Sunday in Newbridge will see them promoted to Division 1.
In the ladies National Football League on Saturday, Kildare Ladies lost to Sligo.
Next up for Kildare Ladies is, also, vs Clare next Sunday in Hawkfield at 2pm
In Division 2 of the Littlewoods Ireland National Camogie League yesterday Cork beat Kildare 1-12 to 1-8
The Kildare Vs Armagh game which was postponed a couple of weeks ago has been refixed for next Sunday at 2pm in Parnell’s Club GAA Grounds, Dublin
The county minor hurlers played Wexford on Saturday in the Leinster Minor Hurling League. They’ve already beaten Offaly in the first round.
ALL THE ABOVE GAMES WILL BE REVIEWED IN THIS EVENING’S KILDARE SCOREBOARD FROM THE EARLIER TIME OF 6.05PM
The county senior hurlers play their final National League game next Sunday against London in Clane at 1pm.
They still have a mathematical chance of qualifying for the Division 2A final, but have to beat London and for Antrim and Carlow to both lose next weekend.
In the Aldridge Cup final, Carbury beat St Laurence's by 0-15 to 1-7 yesterday.
Monastervan won the Kehoe Cup beating Raheens 1-11to 1-9
North Kildare, the last remaining Kildare side in the Provincial Towns Cup, bowed out at the quarter final stage yesterday afternoon following a comprehensive 50-0 defeat away to Tullow
At Cheltenham on St Patrick’s Day, Jessica Harrington landed the biggest prize of all when Sizing John, her first runner in the race, won the Timico Gold Cup, and gave the Moone trainer her tenth Cheltenham Festival winner. It was also a first success in the week’s feature for Robbie Power. The duo shared three winners over the four days.
Yesterday evening, Sizing John and her other two winners Rock the World and Supasundae were paraded through Moone.
The first meeting of the Irish flat season will take place at Naas racecourse next Sunday, with the Group 3 EBF Park Express Stakes and the Tote Irish Lincolnshire Premier Handicap taking centre stage.
Naas Racecourse will host 11 flat racing fixtures this season with €2.65 million worth of prize money. 10 group races and 9 listed races will be held there during the flat season
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