It’s believed Cooper’s problem relates to the tendon although the pain and lack of mobility around his left shoulder has eased since Kerry’s Munster final win over Tipperary on Sunday and the indications are positive despite reports to the contrary outside the camp.
“Some of what has been said about the extent of the injury has been over-the-top,” said a source close to the player. “There needs to be a sense of calm about the whole thing.”
The 33-year-old does face a race to be fit in time for Kerry’s All-Ireland quarter-final at the end of the month but as things stand he has a fighting chance of being considered for the game.
Meanwhile, Brian Hurley has partially ripped a hamstring from the bone and faces a long time on the sidelines as a result. The Cork forward’s championship season looks all but over after he incurred the injury in an A versus B game last weekend.
The damage is similar but not as severe as the injuries suffered by former Ireland rugby captain Paul O’Connell in last year’s World Cup, which ended his involvement in the competition and ultimately his career, and Kerry footballer Tommy Walsh while playing for the Sydney Swans in 2013.
The Castlehaven forward is one of four Cork players ruled out of Saturday’s second round qualifier against Limerick, with Conor Dorman (ankle), Kevin Crowley (hamstring) and Jamie O’Sullivan (groin) also sidelined through injury.
“On the Wednesday night before the Tipperary game, Alan O’Connor, Paddy Kelly, Kevin and Jamie all picked up injuries. It was a big setback,” revealed Cork manager Peadar Healy.
“Alan and Paddy are back in contention for Saturday, but Jamie’s groin injury will keep him out long-term, while Kevin did an old hamstring injury in the A versus B game last Saturday.
“Conor [Dorman] is back doing full running but he has no football played since the Tipperary game so he won’t be figuring.”
Elsewhere, Galway football manager Kevin Walsh has named an unchanged team for Sunday’s Connacht final against Roscommon, although the starting line-up does show a number of positional switches from the side which shocked Mayo in the semi-final. Eoghan Kerin moves to full-back, with Declan Kyne switching to corner-back. Shane Walsh and Damien Comer, having lined out at centre-forward and full-forward respectively against Mayo, swap positions for the decider.
B Power; E Kerin, D Kyne, D Wynne; G Bradshaw, L Silke, G O’Donnell; P Conroy, T Flynn; G Sice, D Comer, J Heaney; E Brannigan, S Walsh, D Cummins.