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No starting place for Seanie Johnston in Kildare team to face native Cavan

Kieran McGeeney makes two changes to his Lilywhites side for the much-anticipated clash at Breffni Park on Sunday.

HE MAY HAVE been at the centre of the most high-profile transfers in recent memory, but Seanie Johnston will watch from the sidelines as his adopted team take on his native county this weekend.

Johnston has not been named in the starting XV, by Kildare manager Kieran McGeeney, ahead of the All-Ireland SFC qualifier against Cavan on Sunday at Breffni Park.

It remains to be seen if the forward has recovered from a shoulder knock which he picked up in training last week. Johnston made a 40-second cameo for hurling side Coill Dubh that copperfastened his transfer to the Lilywhites two weeks ago.

Elsewhere, Ollie Lyons and Padraig O’Neill have been dropped in the wake of the shock Leinster SFC semi-final defeat to Meath at Croke Park last time out; Andriú MacLochlainn and Robert Kelly are drafted in to a side which sees several positional switches.

Throw in is scheduled for 3pm on Sunday - follow the action here.

Kildare (to face Cavan, All-Ireland SFC qualifiers): S Connolly; A MacLochlainn, M Foley, P Kelly; E Bolton, M O’Flaherty, H McGrillen; D Flynn, R Kelly; E O’Flaherty, M Conway, A Smith; J Doyle, T O’Connor, J Kavanagh.

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