Tuesday 15 October 2019

Geaney feared 'year was over' after knock during Dublin-Kerry scuffle

Paul Geaney. Photo: Sportsfile
Paul Geaney. Photo: Sportsfile

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Kerry star Paul Geaney has revealed that he sustained what he feared was a season-ending injury in the scuffle that erupted post-match after the Kingdom beat Dublin in Tralee in the league back in February.

Geaney had been subbed off before the end of that match but found himself embroiled in the row. And he thought his knee had given way after he was hit by wrestling Dublin and Kerry players in the midst of the melee.

"I felt it straight away, I thought I was in more trouble than I was," he remembers.

"I felt the pressure on the knee straight away. I was thinking, 'My year is over here'. Luckily it wasn't. It was basically a nothing thing, it just wouldn't clear up so I had to get a tidy-up. It could be worse. Peter Crowley was playing a club game last month and did damage, I'm not sure what he's looking at but he's a big loss for us."

Geaney sustained ligament damage in that game and needed an operation that ruled him out of action until he made a late appearance as a sub in the league final defeat to Mayo in Croke Park.

"I ended up like a turtle on the ground with my legs in the air," he continues.

"I got a tidy-up then after that, it kept me out pretty much until the league final. I got 10 minutes in the league final then but I was happy to get that because I'd gotten the tidy-up in Santry and that game gave me some light at the end of the tunnel, the league final. I knew I had a chance to be involved and I was delighted to be involved."

Geaney is a "big Liverpool supporter" and revealed that he watched the end of their brilliant win over Barcelona on his phone with Killian Young after training.

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However, Kerry's opening Munster Championship match against Clare in Ennis on June 1, which throws in at 7.0, clashes with the Champions League final where the Merseyside club face Spurs, meaning Geaney will miss out.

In the past the GAA have moved matches to avoid such clashes and Geaney would welcome a similar move this time around.

"I was watching GAA Eile, Dara O Cinnéide's show, and Alan Milton was saying that it's 35pc of their games that they make money out of. If you look at it that way might make sense, but that's up to the provincial councils to decide.

"When it comes down to it, I'm a Kerry supporter first and foremost. That's where my interest will be that day. But I'd say there will be a lot of other supporters that might have to pick one or the other.

"It will be interesting, but as far as we can see it's 7.0 on the day, and that's what we'll prepare for."

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