Kerry boss says injury crisis is easing

Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice expects the county’s recent injury crisis to have improved significantly in time for next Sunday week’s Munster SFC semi-final clash with either Clare or Waterford.

Kerry boss says injury crisis is easing

Marc Ó Sé, Daithí Casey, David Moran, Anthony Maher and Alan Fitzgerald all had knocks but Fitzmaurice is hopeful those problems will have cleared, with only Johnny Buckley (ankle) and James O’Donoghue (shoulder) ruled out along with captain Colm Cooper and Kieran Donaghy.

“The up-to-date position is that they’re all improving, but Sunday week will come too early for Johnny Buckley and James O’Donoghue, everyone else will be okay,” he said.

“Bar something unforeseen, we’re hopeful that all of the rest of the lads are available.

“Kieran Donaghy got a full session under his belt tonight too so he’s on the way back as well.”

Fitzmaurice is reluctant to set firm return dates for O’Donoghue or Buckley, though.

“We’re just focused on the first game first of all, we’ll see then,” he said.

“If we get over that and we’re in the Munster final, we’re hopeful that they might make that. We’ll have to wait and see, it’s only a maybe with both of them.”

Fitzmaurice must also plan without Brian McGuire, James Walsh, David Culhane and Conor Cox, all of whom are heading to the United States. The manager understands the position they find themselves in, even though it is not ideal in terms of strength in depth.

“Of course it’s a blow every time a fella leaves a squad,” he said.

“It weakens the squad in terms of what you’re trying to do and the internal matches that you have. It’s difficult for the lads too.

“Brian McGuire got a job offer, they came back to him three times, he just had to take it. For the younger lads, the job prospects for the summer in Kerry aren’t great and they were probably getting frustrated too at where they were at in the panel, where they saw themselves.

“You can’t put a gun to a fella’s head, if he’s going to go, he’s going to go. When fellas are leaving after a good bit of work has gone in, of course it’s going to weaken competition in terms of trying to get into the [match-day] 26.”

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