'Devastating' Moran blow adds to Kerry problems at midfield
KERRY football boss Jack O'Connor has described David Moran's second cruciate knee ligament injury in 10 months as "a devastating blow" after the Kingdom footballer was ruled out of action until next year.
The highly-promising Kerry midfielder, son of county legend Denis 'Ogie' Moran, severed his cruciate knee ligament while training with his Tralee club Kerins O'Rahillys 10 days ago.
It was on the same left knee that he suffered a similar injury during the National League game against Monaghan last year.
After a lengthy rehabilitation process, Moran had resumed Kerry training and was expected to make his comeback in the next few weeks.
"It's a massive blow for David," O'Connor said.
"He had worked very hard to come back from the first injury. He had done everything right, his rehab had gone well. It was just a freak accident what happened.
"It's a big setback for Kerry as well. There is no question that we missed him last year because he was playing well when he got injured.
"David had worked so hard to get back and for it then to get snatched away again, it's cruel."
Moran originally injured the knee at a club training session with O'Rahillys 10 days ago when he landed awkwardly after contesting a high ball.
While there was initial swelling and stiffness, he took part in Kerry training last Thursday night in Killarney, not realising how serious the injury was, but the knee buckled under him early in the session.
Moran's Kerry team-mate Darran O'Sullivan also sympathised with the Tralee man's plight.
"This is just a killer for him," O'Sullivan said.
"I thought that it could have been a big year for David because we all know how good he can be. He has the ability to be one of the best midfielders in the country."
Moran's injury blow now leaves Kerry short of midfield options once more, with Anthony Maher, Bryan Sheehan and Seamus Scanlon the only established midfielders in the panel.