Thursday 29 September 2016

'No serious damage' - Relief for Kerry as James O'Donoghue avoids major injury setback

Published 03/08/2015 | 13:38

Kerry forward James O'Donoghue leaves the field injured during the first half against Kildare
Kerry forward James O'Donoghue leaves the field injured during the first half against Kildare

Kerry supporters can breathe a huge sigh of relief with confirmation that James O'Donoghue avoided a serious injury during the emphatic All-Ireland quarter-final win over Kildare yesterday.

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The reigning All-Ireland champions demolished Jason Ryan's side with a second-half scoring blitz to move into the last four, with the only blot on the copybook the sight of 2014 Footballer of the Year O'Donoghue forced to withdraw before half-time after colliding with Lilywhites goalkeeper Mark Donnellan.

There were immediate concerns for the Killarney Legion sharpshooter who missed the entire National League with a shoulder injury, but in a statement released today, the County Board has confirmed that the setback is not as serious as first feared.

"James O’Donoghue injured his shoulder when he fell following a tackle by the goalkeeper in yesterday’s All Ireland Football Quarter final tie with Kildare,” the statement reads.

“The Kerry Medical Team immediately realigned the shoulder and an X-Ray afterwards showed that there was no serious injury sustained.

“He will have a routine MRI Scan and will rest for a few days before beginning rehab and a graduated return to action.”

Eamon Fitzmaurice's side will take on the winners of Tyrone and Monaghan on August 23rd and all eyes will be on the fitness of O'Donoghue, who scored three points before he was forced to leave the field of play yesterday.

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