Donaghy may opt to delay shoulder surgery

Kieran Donaghy will see a shoulder specialist tomorrow before a decision is taken on his latest injury setback.

Donaghy may opt to delay shoulder surgery

The 2006 Footballer of the Year dislocated the joint after coming on as a substitute for Austin Stacks in Sunday’s club senior championship game with Milltown/Castlemaine.

The shoulder was popped back into place & in Kerry General Hospital, where x-rays were also taken.

The 31-year-old, who was only returning from a long-term groin problem, may follow the example of Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor and delay surgery until after the championship. O’Connor twice injured his shoulder before eventually going under the knife last autumn.

Kerry management are monitoring the situation but Austin Stacks manager Stephen Stack has already cast doubt about him being fit for their championship game with Feale Rangers in early June.

“Kieran came on for us midway the second half, and the groin injury that had been keeping him out was fine, and indeed I introduced him as a third midfielder and he was playing very well and everything looked positive.

“But then he fell awkwardly and that was it, his shoulder took a hit and it was obvious he had dislocated his it.

“I don’t know the full extent of Kieran’s injury yet but it’s highly unlikely that he will be fit in time for our clash with Feale Rangers on June 7. He was playing well for the 10 minutes he was on for on Sunday and was really up for it.”

Meanwhile, Bryan Sheehan is on the mend after picking up a blow to the back of his knee during last week’s warm weather training in Portugal. He missed St Mary’s two-point defeat by Ardfert in the intermediate club championship on Saturday evening but it’s not said to be serious and he’s expected back in a few weeks.

Hamstring victim Darran O’Sullivan also missed his club’s game at the weekend, Glenbeigh/Glencar’s comprehensive junior club championship win over Tousist. He is scheduled to return to action towards the end of next month,

Meanwhile, the GAA yesterday announced their new digital partnership with RTÉ Digital, GAAGO, will replace Ulster Bank as an associate sponsor of the All-Ireland senior football championship.

The agreement is unlikely to have much if any financial gain for the association but will act as more of a means of promoting the venture.

GAAGO will be available outside of Ireland and will offer live and on-demand GAA games starting with this year’s Championship.

Subscribers will be able to view the games online on any internet-enabled device including mobile phones, tablet devices and laptops. Full details will be announced early next month.

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