Monday 23 January 2017

Colm Cooper set for Kerry return to training ahead of Dubs' game

Published 20/01/2016 | 02:30

Kerry's Colm Cooper is set to return to training prior to next week's opening fixture against Dublin in Croke Park. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach / Sportsfile
Kerry's Colm Cooper is set to return to training prior to next week's opening fixture against Dublin in Croke Park. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach / Sportsfile

Colm Cooper could yet play some part in the early stages of Kerry's league campaign after it was confirmed that he would return to training prior to next week's opening fixture against Dublin in Croke Park.

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Cooper had minor shoulder surgery in December and was expected to miss some of the early rounds of the league.

But he will resume action in the coming week, opening up the prospect of a quick return.

Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice has pencilled in a March return for the majority of his injured players.

Kieran O'Leary (Achilles), Paul (back) and Mikey (back) Geaney, Anthony Maher (hip) and Peter Crowley (shoulder) have all had surgery in the last eight months.

An April return has been set for James O'Donoghue who had shoulder surgery in early December though he is not expected to see any league action.

Kerry will have a number of new faces in their initial league squad with Brian O Beaglaoich and Tom O'Sullivan, former All-Ireland minor winners, among those included.

Meanwhile, Mayo expect to know later today the full extent of the damage to Keith Higgins' knee injury which forced him out of Sunday's Connacht League loss to Roscommon.

Prognosis

Higgins was scheduled to have a scan after his early departure but the initial prognosis is that the injury is not too serious and he should back within four weeks.

Kevin Keane, who damaged a shoulder in the same game, may take a little longer to recover.

Cork GAA is mourning one of its best-known characters, former football selector John Corcoran, who died suddenly yesterday.

Corcoran, who had been chairman of the St Mary's club having served for three years as Carbery district chairman, was a selector with Billy Morgan between 2005 and 2007.

He was manager of the Carbery team that won the 2004 Cork football title and was extensively involved in colleges football.

Sligo's preparations for the NFL have been rocked by the news that star forward David Kelly has withdrawn from the panel.

Kelly's withdrawal follows on the heels of Ross O'Donovan's decision to take a break and the knee injury that has ruled Adrian Marren out for three months.

Manager Niall Carew, writing in the Sligo Champion column, said that any whispers of a falling out with Kelly were wide of the mark, putting his decision down to the demands inter-county football.

"By now I'm sure there is a whisper that David Kelly has left the panel, and I'm sure the rumours about a rift in the camp and a row with me has come up for discussion" wrote Carew. "I'm sorry to disappoint but no rift or no row has ever occurred.

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