Kerry’s worst fears were confirmed today when it was revealed that the knee injury Colm Cooper suffered at the weekend is a ruptured cruciate ligament.
The eight-time All-Star left the field for Dr. Crokes during the first-half of their All-Ireland club semi-final defeat to Castlebar Mitchels and the severity of the injury was confirmed in a statement released by the Kerry County Board through their website.
"A scan in the Santry Sports Clinic today has revealed that Colm Cooper has ruptured his cruciate ligament,” it read.
“He will undergo surgery in due course."
"Kerry GAA wishes our Senior Football Captain a full and speedy recovery."
Cooper, who was in sparkling form for Crokes until he suffered the injury, is now expected to miss the entire season for Kerry which will come as a huge blow to county manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice.
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.
He watched the remainder of the game from the bench, and there were immediate fears that he had suffered a serious injury, which were today confirmed at the Santry Sports Clinic.