However manager Liam Kearns indicated he was optimistic O’Donnell would be passed fit. O’Donnell had just recovered from a quad muscle injury he picked up in the League semi-final against Kerry when he got a knock in the championship semi-final encounter with Waterford.
“I’d be hoping he’ll be there,’’ said Kearns. “He’s very good at organising the defence and a very strong character. It’s important we have him. Mike Jones is the sub ‘keeper and he has come in for him any time he has been injured. We would have confidence in him, absolutely, but it’s like any other position in the team, you want to have your first choice!’’
Kerry manager Jack O’Connor said Seamus Moynihan had been ‘progressing by the day.’
O’Connor is adopting a philosophical approach to the team’s misfortune in losing Declan O’Sullivan along with Moynihan.
“When Seamus got injured, we knew it was always going to be a race against time. Declan just got injured last week and that’s one we were not planning for. It creates a bit of upheaval, but we feel we have a strong panel. We just have to move on.
“They are huge losses, no point in denying that,’’ said O’Connor. “You can’t calculate Moynihan’s influence on the team. He has been a fantastic leader for us for over a decade, while Declan has been a revelation this year for us at centre-forward. He has played something like 13 games in the same position so it’s a big disruption. Obviously that levels the playing field somewhat. Maybe it makes the task all the more difficult for us.’’