Kerry champions Dr. Crokes have stressed their disappointment that their ‘outstanding player’ Colm Cooper will be sidelined after rupturing his cruciate at the weekend.
The Kerry club were defeated by Castlebar Mitchels in the All-Ireland club semi-final in Portlaoise at the weekend and their caused was not helped when the All-Star limped from the field of play in the first half after proving to be a real handful for the Castlebar defence.
Cooper was injured in the process of scoring a point for Dr Crokes in the 16th minute of Saturday's game in Portlaoise.
The Crokes forward had just glided past a couple of Castlebar defenders and scored a point with his right foot, but as he was kicking the ball over the bar, he was felled by a challenge from Castlebar Mitchels defender Tom Cunniffe.
Dr.Crokes this evening paid tribute to their star player for what they say is a “tremendous blow for Colm”, but remain confident that he will “meet this challenge with the same vigour that he meets all challenges.”
"Colm, as well as being an outstanding player for Club and County, is a tremendous ambassador for Dr. Crokes both off and on the pitch," the official statement from the club read.,
They added that the “GAA fields around Kerry and beyond will be all the poorer for his absence.”