Kerry blow as Donaghy dislocates shoulder
Kieran Donaghy could be out of action for up to 10 weeks after undergoing surgery on a dislocated shoulder sustained in his comeback match in Kerry yesterday.
Donaghy hadn't played a competitive game of football since last November because of an ongoing groin injury.
But after linking up with Kerry during their recent warm weather training camp in Portugal, he was keen to return and was only on the field for about 10 minutes in Austin Stacks' Kerry club championship first-round game against Miltown-Castlemaine when he was pulled down.
Austin Stacks chairman Aidan O'Connor confirmed that Donaghy had surgery in Tralee Hospital last night and has been told he will be out for between eight to 10 weeks.
Despite his lack of game time and his indifferent form last season, it is still a blow to Kerry as the timeframe for recovery will give him little time to be ready for a Munster final on July 6, provided they beat Clare or Waterford in the semi-final.
Donaghy's groin problem has been persistent and slow in recovering but Kerry were hopeful that the worst was behind him until this latest setback.