Houlihan Withdraws from Ireland Squad & Sizing John Confirmed for Punchestown Coral Gold Cup.
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.
Leinster are hopeful that Sean Cronin will make his return from injury for this Saturday's Pro 12 meeting with Cardiff Blues.
Captain Isa Nacewa is also in line for a return after a knee complaint.
Nigel Owens will take charge of Leinster's Champions Cup quarter final with Wasps.
English official JP Doyle will referee Munster's meeting with Toulouse at Thomond Park.
Both of those games take place on April 1st.
Following Saturday night’s win over Down, Kildare are 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.
Naas’s Eoin Doyle is recovering well from the injury he picked up to his leg and will be fit and available for the Clare match at the weekend.
Confey’s David Slattery, who scored two goals on Saturday, has a Grade 1 sprain to his AC Joint (shoulder) and will be monitored daily this week in the hope that he will be available for selection next weekend.
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.
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
ALL THE ABOVE GAMES WILL BE REVIEWED IN THIS EVENING’S KILDARE SCOREBOARD FROM THE EARLIER TIME OF 6.05PM
Jessica Harrington is aiming newly crowned Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Sizing John at the €250,000 Grade 1 Coral Punchestown Gold Cup on Wednesday, April 26.
The Moone trainer says: "Sizing John has come out of his Cheltenham race very well."
A potential clash between 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Coneygree could be on the cards with Mark Bradstock previously stating that his stable star is likely to run at the Punchestown festival.
Willie Mullins is also aiming Cheltenham Gold Cup fourth Djakadam at the Punchestown Gold Cup, and says the horse has come out of Cheltenham fine
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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