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James O'Donoghue will be out of action for up to six months with a shoulder injury

James O'Donoghue will be out of action for up to six months with a shoulder injury

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James O'Donoghue will be out of action for up to six months with a shoulder injury

James O'Donoghue is to see a consultant over ongoing trouble with a shoulder injury.

The main driving force behind Kerry's All-Ireland success will not be part of the International Rules squad, which is due to be announced next week. It is not yet known if O'Donoghue will require corrective surgery for an injury that bothered him at times during the season and forced him to miss the Munster championship opener against Clare. Rumours abounded prior to the All-Ireland semi-final against Mayo that O'Donoghue might be ruled out because of his shoulder.

However, Ireland boss Paul Earley will have Pearse Hanley available. The Mayo man, who has proved such a success with the Brisbane Lions since he joined the AFL, returned to Ireland last week and has commenced preparations with the squad.

Meanwhile Tom McGlinchey has been proposed as the Waterford football manager. McGlinchey, originally from Cork, managed the Tipperary footballers when they reached the Munster football final in 2002.

He has also extensive experience at club level and managed Ballylanders to the Limerick title in 2007.

McGlinchey must be ratified by the Waterford executive and county board but he has the backing of chairman Tom Cunningham.

"The four man committee felt he is the best candidate with the most experience for the role," said Cunningham.

McGlinchey replaces Niall Carew, who the players were keen to see stay on, but he has since moved on to Sligo.

Donegal and Westmeath are now the only counties with vacancies. Donegal are interviewing prospective candidates this week.

Irish Independent