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Gooch blow for Kingdom

COLM Cooper is set to miss most of Kerry's Allianz League campaign next year after undergoing surgery to repair a long-term ankle injury.

Kerry's 2011 captain will go under the knife after Dr Crokes' winter club campaign has concluded and faces three months on the sideline once the operation is done.

The worst case scenario for Jack O'Connor is that Dr Crokes win through to an All-Ireland club final on St Patrick's Day and "Gooch" will miss their entire League campaign and struggle to be fit for the first round of the Munster SFC.