Tuesday 23 January 2018

Colm Cooper injury blow for Kerry as scan reveals damaged ligaments in shoulder

Colm Cooper has damaged ligaments in his shoulder
Colm Cooper has damaged ligaments in his shoulder

Harry Clarke

The Kerry County Board have confirmed that Colm Cooper has damaged ligaments in his shoulder.

Cooper now faces a race against time to be fit for Kerry's All-Ireland SFC quarter-final in just over three weeks after sustaining the injury in last Sunday's Munster Final.

A Kerry statement today read: "An MRI Scan has confirmed that Colm Cooper damaged shoulder ligaments during the Munster Football Final on Sunday last. His rehab work has started and he will resume playing in due course."

Kingdom boss Eamonn Fitzmaurice was positive about Cooper's injury in the aftermath of Sunday's win.

"He was sore," Fitzmaurice said. "He got a bang on his shoulder but the medical gang there were a bit more hopeful afterwards.

"They didn't think it was bad as first thought. So he'll get it assessed this week and hopefully it won't be too bad."

But the Kerry manager and the whole of the county will now have their fingers crossed that their talisman is available for the latter stages of the All Ireland.

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