Sunday 25 September 2016

Further injury woe for Kerry as Colm Cooper set to undergo surgery

Murt Murphy

Published 08/12/2015 | 23:00

Colm Cooper will undergo surgery on a shoulder injury
Colm Cooper will undergo surgery on a shoulder injury

Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice has been dealt another significant injury blow with the news that Colm Cooper is set to undergo and will miss the early stages of the 2016 season.

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It has emerged that the Dr Crokes star will travel to Santry next week, to have some minor surgery done on a shoulder, but it is not as serious as his Kerry team-mate James O’Donoghue.

The 32-year-old is likely to miss the McGrath Cup and possibly the early rounds of the National League.

The five-time All-Ireland winner is expected to play his last game for a couple of months on this Sunday, ironically against Killarney Legion in the O’Donoghue Cup semi-final, but if Crokes win, he will not be available for the final, against either Rathmore or Kilcummin.

Kerry's Colm Cooper checks the time on the watch of referee David Coldrick in the All-Ireland final
Kerry's Colm Cooper checks the time on the watch of referee David Coldrick in the All-Ireland final

Cooper’s latest setback brings to nine the number of Kerry players who required surgery either during the season or after the All-Ireland final. Kieran O’Leary ( Cruciate), Paul and Mikey Geaney ( back), Shane Enright ( Back), Anthony Maher ( hip) and  Johnny Buckley ( knee)were all affected, while shoulder injuries forced Peter Crowley, James O’Donoghue and now Cooper into undergoing surgery.

David Moran is currently resting with a disc problem in his back and it is not yet known, if he will have to have surgery in the New Year.

Meanwhile it not expected that any of Kerry’s experienced players will call time on their inter-county careers ahead of the start of the new season.

Both Marc O Se and Aidan O’Mahony are back training on their own with strength and fitness coach Damien Ryall and Kieran Donaghy will resume training with the Kingdom as soon as Stacks finish off on their season on Saturday in their relegation clash with Laune Rangers.

The Kerry party will fly out for their annual holiday on December 28th in Florida and will not return until January 10/11 and the players have been given individual training programmes and will not train outdoors as a squad until they return from the States.

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