Monday 16 September 2019

Kerry dealt major blow as Peter Crowley suffers cruciate injury

Peter Crowley in action against Johnny Duane, left, and Barry McHugh of Galway. Photo by Sportsfile
Peter Crowley in action against Johnny Duane, left, and Barry McHugh of Galway. Photo by Sportsfile

Frank Roche

KERRY hopes of derailing Dublin’s Drive for Five have suffered a major setback with news of a season-ending knee injury to key defender Peter Crowley.

Radio Kerry today reported that the 2014 All-Ireland winner is "out for the season" with a cruciate knee ligament injury.

According to the station, a scan on Crowley’s knee has confirmed that he damaged his cruciate while playing for Laune Rangers against Castleisland Desmonds in last weekend’s Kerry intermediate championship relegation play-off.

And in an interview with fellow clubman Billy O’Shea, the former Kerry captain said the injury had come "at an awful time" for the player and their year-one manager, Peter Keane. 

"From a Kerry point of view there is bitter disappointment around the place, that he won’t be seen in championship football this year," he remarked.

Highlighting the player’s success in the No 2 jersey during the second half of this year’s Allianz League, O’Shea added: "They wanted to build the defence around Peter, so that certainly is going to hit their plans big time."

Just a few weeks shy of his 29th birthday, Crowley is one of the most experienced and physical members of a Kerry defence that has shipped plenty of flak in recent campaigns, and again after their recent Division 1 final defeat to Mayo.

Kerry open their Munster SFC defence away to either Clare or Waterford on June 1.

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