Sunday 21 January 2018

Cooper latest to join growing Kerry list for surgery

Colm Cooper will check into the Santry Sports Clinic next week for repairs to a shoulder injury
Colm Cooper will check into the Santry Sports Clinic next week for repairs to a shoulder injury
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Colm Cooper will become the ninth Kerry player to undergo surgery this season when he checks into the Santry Sports Clinic next week for repairs to a shoulder injury.

Cooper's injury is not as serious as his colleague James O'Donoghue, who is facing a four- to five-month lay-off, but the work is likely to keep the eight-time All-Star out of Kerry's earlier league matches.

Cooper has been used very sparingly in the league in recent years, restricting himself to the last rounds because of injury, club commitments and rest.

He will play his last game of football, an O'Donoghue Cup semi-final against O'Donoghue's Legion, this weekend.

Already this season Kieran O'Leary (Achilles) Mikey Geaney (back) and Paul Geaney (back), Anthony Maher (hip), Johnny Buckley (knee), Peter Crowley (shoulder), Shane Enright (back) and O'Donoghue have been under the knife.

David Moran has a back complaint but is currently resting it in the hope that it can heal. Speculation around the time of the All-Ireland final that a number of long-serving Kerry players would bring their inter-county careers to an end has receded.

Kieran Donaghy has already indicated that he is available in 2016 but it now seems that both Marc ó Sé and Aidan O'Mahony, will commit again.

Kerry fly out on a two-week team holiday to Florida on December 28.

Meanwhile, Kerry County Board is not allowing the issue of Sky Sports' deal to cover a segment of the championship to rest.

A Beale motion to convention that the GAA revert to having all their championship games free-to-air was carried despite reservations expressed from the top table about tying the hands of the association's negotiators in such a way.

A Clare motion to Congress earlier this year, calling for similar safeguards to be put in place, was deferred to the May Central Council meeting where it was rejected.

The Kerry County Board has been able to record a surplus of €907,417 for 2015. It represents an increase of 112pc on last year and is down to the fundraising the county were able to engage in overseas with over $1m generated on the US east coast, topped up by a significant return in London for their new training centre in Currans.

Kerry spent almost €1m on team expenses including a medical and physiotherapy bill that came to €194,292.

• Benny Coulter looks set to come out of retirement and resume playing with Down. Coulter, 34, announced his retirement last season when agreement with new manager Jim McCorry over training schedules could not be reached. But new boss Eamonn Burns is believed to be open to a different approach.

Irish Independent

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