Friday 22 September 2017

Kingdom stars to miss Dubs tie for Super Bowl

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

A number of Kerry stars will miss Sunday's league opener against Dublin in Killarney because they will be watching the Super Bowl in Florida.

Kieran Donaghy is understood to be among the big names ruled out of the Dubs clash by the trip, which was scheduled a long time ago -- normally, the Super Bowl takes place on the last weekend of January, but it has been moved back by a week this year.

All-Ireland-winning captain Darran O'Sullivan and Colm Cooper are also taking in American Football's showpiece occasion.

Cooper is due in Dublin this morning for an appointment with renowned surgeon Ray Moran for an examination on his troublesome knee. The corner-forward has suspected cartilage damage that requires tidying up, but he would have been on an early-season break anyway, having played with his club Dr Crokes in local fixtures right up to Christmas.

O'Sullivan has been in America for the last few weeks and will team up with the other members of the Kerry travelling party.

Manager Jack O'Connor is already without up to 17 of his All-Ireland-winning squad from 2009 for the game against Dublin, who will be out to avenge last season's humbling quarter-final defeat.

Kerry only returned home from a team holiday to New York and Jamaica in mid-January.

Meanwhile, it will be a busy weekend for some of the Kingdom's other All-Ireland-winners, as defender Marc O Se is getting married in Dingle on Friday.

Irish Independent

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