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First Cooper, now O'Donoghue back from injury as Kerry stars set for club battle

Cooper’s Dr Crokes and O’Donoghue’s Legion are set for a Killarney showdown next weekend.

Colm Cooper and James O'Donoghue pictured celebrating during the 2013 Munster final.
Colm Cooper and James O'Donoghue pictured celebrating during the 2013 Munster final.

FIRST THERE WAS the return of the Gooch, now it’s the return of another attacking star that will please Kerry football fans.

Colm Cooper made his long-awaited comeback from a cruciate injury a fortnight ago when he lined out for Kerry and has stepped up his schedule in recent club games for Dr Crokes.

On Saturday night it was the turn of James O’Donoghue to make his comeback after undergoing surgery to correct a shoulder problem.

He was in action for his club Legion in the Kerry senior club football championship against Kerins O’Rahilly’s and the 2014 Footballer of the Year made his presence felt as he hit 0-4 in a game that saw Legion win by 1-14 to 1-13.

Now Legion will take on Dr Crokes at the second round stage in Kerry next Sunday afternoon in a game that is set to pit Cooper and O’Donoghue in opposition to each other.

Cooper, who made his inter-county comeback earlier this month for Kerry against Tyrone, was in action for Dr Crokes last week in a league match against Kilcummin.

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Credit: Sideline Eye

He was on the scoresheet again yesterday as Dr Crokes crushed St Michael’s-Foilmore by 6-22 to 0-3 in their opening round tie.

The other senior club championship semi-final tie next week will see reigning county champions Austin Stacks on All-Ireland intermediate kingpins Ardfert.

Kerry boss Éamonn Fitzmaurice received further good news with the return from injury of Aidan O’Mahony (Rathmore), Mikey Geaney (Dingle) and Donnchadh Walsh (Cromane) over the weekend as all three played club matches.

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