Thursday 20 October 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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