Cooper back for Kerry

Colm 'Gooch' Cooper has been parachuted straight into the Kerry team for tomorrow's Allianz NFL Division 1 encounter with Derry in Tralee (throw-in 2.30pm).

Colm 'Gooch' Cooper has been parachuted straight into the Kerry team for tomorrow's Allianz NFL Division 1 encounter with Derry in Tralee (throw-in 2.30pm).

It will be Cooper's first competitive appearance in the Kingdom colours since last September's All-Ireland final victory over Cork.

The Kerry management are hoping the 26-year-old sharpshooter, who will link up once more with target man Kieran Donaghy, can assist in getting the defending champions' league challenge back on track after opening defeats to Dublin and Cork.

Tom O'Sullivan and Darran O'Sullivan, last year's Kerry captain, also return to the starting line-up, the latter being part of a new-look half-forward line alongside David O'Callaghan from St Patrick's, Blennerville and Tralee favourite David Moran.

Declan O'Sullivan, another former skipper, will slot in at left corner forward in a Kerry side that is missing Tomas Ó Sé, Mike McCarthy and the suspended Paul Galvin.

Meanwhile, the Kerry County Board have confirmed the news that former Kerry footballer John Egan is currently being treated at Cork University Hospital.

The legendary Sneem forward injured himself in a fall at his home in Cork and a statement from his family said that they "would like to thank all of those that have sent their good wishes".

Egan's family request that his privacy and the family's privacy be respected at this time.

KERRY (NFL v Derry) - Brendan Kealy; Padraig Reidy, Tommy Griffin, Tom O'Sullivan; Adrian O'Connell, Aidan O'Mahony, Killian Young (capt); Seamus Scanlon, Micheal Quirke; David O'Callaghan, David Moran, Darran O'Sullivan; Colm Cooper, Kieran Donaghy, Declan O'Sullivan.

Substitutes: Ger Reidy, Aidan O'Shea, Paul O'Connor, Marc Ó Sé, Anthony Maher, Kieran O'Leary, Alan O’Sullivan, Ciarán Kelliher, Bryan Sheehan, Gary O'Driscoll.

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