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Sunday 4 December 2016

Kerry move to quash James O'Donoghue injury fears

James O'Donoghue
James O'Donoghue

KERRY have moved to quash fears James O'Donoghue (pictured) could miss the rest of their All-Ireland defence because of his latest shoulder woe.

The 2014 Footballer of the Year, who underwent surgery to his right shoulder last November, dislocated the same one during Sunday's quarter-final cruise past Kildare.

However, his county board has now clarified that the Kerry medical team "immediately realigned the shoulder and an X-ray afterwards showed that there was no serious injury sustained."

The statement makes no reference to O'Donoghue's chances of being fit for their August 23 semi-final against Monaghan or Tyrone, but says he will have a routine MRI scan and will rest for a few days before beginning rehab and a "graduated return to action".

Meanwhile, Dublin freetaker Dean Rock can't wait for their semi-final against Mayo or Donegal a week later.

"Regardless of who we play, we're going to be playing better quality opposition.

"We've a lot of work on over the next four weeks. But we'll be ready," Rock promised.

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