Kerry upbeat as O'Donoghue avoids serious shoulder injury
James O'Donoghue has avoided a shoulder dislocation and is expected to be fit for Kerry's All-Ireland semi-final against the winners of Monaghan and Tyrone in just under three weeks' time.
O'Donoghue was forced out of Kerry's seven-goal hammering of Kildare in Sunday's All-Ireland quarter-final with fears mounting about a potential recurrence of the shoulder problems that eventually forced him to have surgery at the end of last season.
He fell heavily after being tackled successfully by Mark Donnellan as he tried to round the Kildare goalkeeper in the first half.
But Kerry gave an upbeat prognosis yesterday, confirming that the Footballer of the Year had avoided serious injury. O'Donoghue is to have a routine MRI scan and will rest before commencing rehab. The Legion man had been buzzing prior to his withdrawal, snapping over two points from play and another from a free.