Colm Cooper Set To Miss Early Rounds Of The National League

Colm CooperColm Cooper is the latest Kerry player who will have to undergo surgery and is likely to miss the McGrath Cup and possibly the early rounds of the National League. It has emerged that the Dr Crokes star will travel to Santry next week, to have some minor surgery done on a shoulder, but it is not as serious as his Kerry team-mate James O’Donoghue, so he is expected to make a quick recovery. Cooper is expected to play his last game for a couple of months on this Sunday, ironically against Killarney Legion in the O’Donoghue Cup semi-final, but if Crokes win, he will not be available for the final, against either Rathmore or Kilcummin. Crokes and Kerry star John Buckley has had key hole surgery on his knee but he may well be ready to play some part in the O’Donoghue Cup final, if Crokes get that far. Cooper’s latest setback brings to nine the number of Kerry players who required surgery either during the season or after the All-Ireland final: Kieran O’Leary ( Cruciate), Paul and Mikey Geaney ( back), Shane Enright ( Back), Anthony Maher ( hip), Johnny Buckley ( knee), Peter Crowley ( shoulder), James O’Donoghue ( shoulder) and Colm Cooper ( shoulder). David Moran is currently resting with a disc problem in his back and it is not yet known, if he will need to have surgery in the New Year. Meanwhile it is expected that none of Kerry’s senior players will call it a day, as both Marc O Se and Aidan O’Mahony are back training on their own with strength and fitness coach Damien Ryall and Kieran Donaghy will resume training with Kerry, as soon as Stacks finish off on Saturday, with their Senior Football Championship relegation game, with Laune Rangers.