Kerry have been hit with a number of injuries to key players ahead of their Munster senior football semi-final in just over two week’s time.
All-Star forward James O’Donoghue is the latest big name to miss their Championship opener after Johnny Buckley was also ruled out of the game. The influential attacker, who plies his trade with club side Killarney Legion, injured a shoulder in training earlier in the week and could spend up to four weeks on the sidelines. The news comes at a particularly bad time, given that David Moran (knee) and Daithi Casey (dead leg) are also struggling to be fit for the clash with against the winners of the quarter-final between Clare and Waterford.
O’Donoghue stepped up in the absence of other big name players for The Kingdom in the league this year, and had been a key player for Kerry heading into the Championship. Should Kerry advance to the Munster final, it is unclear if O’Donoghue would be back in time for the game.
With the loss of talisman Colm Cooper to an ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) injury ruling him out for the summer, Kerry are now beginning to look thin across the front line as the business end of the footballing calendar kicks into gear.
Kerry won the Munster crown last year but could not get past Dublin in what was a classic All-Ireland semi-final matchup. The team will need the emergence of a couple of new heroes if they have ideas of lasting as long into the summer this time round.