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Kerry captain Bryan Sheehan is facing up to six weeks on the sidelines, manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice has revealed.
Sheehan sustained a hand injury during Kerry's Allianz Football League win over Mayo and he will definitely miss this weekend's clash with Monaghan in Clones.
He is due to meet a specialist on Tuesday to determine the extent of the injury, but Fitzmaurice fears he could miss the remainder of the Kingdom's league campaign.
“We are not sure of the exact nature of the injury just yet. The top end will be six weeks, the bottom end will be two weeks. It will depend on what the specialist says to him,” Fitzmaurice is quoted as saying in the Irish Examiner.
While losing Sheehan for the remainder of the league would be a blow, Fitzmaurice believes the St Mary's clubman could benefit from some time off.
"A hand injury means you are able to train away, keep your fitness levels up, but at the same time, you are getting a break from a couple of games," Fitzmaurice said.
"Regardless of the injury, he was going to be off last week from training on the Tuesday and Thursday and play with his club at the weekend. We are going to mind him with regard to the fact that he has a lot of games played, but, you know, players love playing games, especially when you are playing well and especially when you are winning, that is what players want to be doing.
"We will take the positives out of it. If he does end up missing up a game or two or three, so be it, we’ll use that time from the point of view of making sure that he gets a good break and is mentally fresh when he does come back."