Tuesday 17 October 2017

Blow for Crokes ahead of club semi-final as former Kerry star Brosnan set to miss out through injury

16 October 2016; Members of the Dr. Crokes team Colm Cooper, left, and Eoin Brosnan celebrate after the Kerry County Senior Club Football Championship Final game between Dr. Crokes and Kenmare District at Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney, Co. Kerry. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
16 October 2016; Members of the Dr. Crokes team Colm Cooper, left, and Eoin Brosnan celebrate after the Kerry County Senior Club Football Championship Final game between Dr. Crokes and Kenmare District at Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney, Co. Kerry. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Michael Verney

Dr Crokes have suffered a hammer blow ahead of Saturday's All-Ireland club SFC semi-final against Corofin with former Kerry captain Eoin Brosnan set to miss out through injury.

Radio Kerry reports that the 37-year-old midfielder has not recovered sufficiently form a calf injury picked up in training and will take no part in the last four clash at the Gaelic Grounds against the 2015 All-Ireland club champions.

It is a significant setback for Dr Crokes, who have 2007 All-Ireland-winning Kerry manager Pat O'Shea at the helm, as they hope to end their semi-final hoodoo after falling in the last four on their last three attempts.

The three-time All-Ireland winner, who retired from the inter-county scene for a second time in 2013, is one of their most versatile players and operated as a third midfielder in their Munster final mauling of The Nire while earlier playing full-back as they defeated Kieran Donaghy's Austin Stacks in the Kerry club final.

Only last week team-mate Daithí Casey said of Brosnan: "He's still fresh out in fairness to him. Look Brossie has been a wonderful, wonderful club player for a number of years, one of the best club men in Dr Crokes," Casey said.

"Even when he came back from Kerry the first time he retired he did so well that he got called back again. Ever since he's just given everything in his life to Crokes and hopefully he can keep doing it."

Dr Crokes are underdogs on Saturday, but are full-strength apart from Brosnan and experienced hands like Colm 'Gooch' Cooper and former Kingdom skipper Kieran O'Leary will be hoping to give their veteran colleague another day out on St Patrick's Day in the All-Ireland club SFC final.

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