Kerry dealt major blow as Peter Crowley suffers cruciate injury
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.