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Great scenes as Fionn Fitzgerald recovers from nasty clash to lift Munster cup for Kerry

“Thankfully he’s back to himself,” said Kerry boss Eamonn Fitzmaurice.

Fionn Fitzgerald and Johnny Buckley Fitzgerald, left, with Kerry joint-captain Johnny Buckley. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

A WORRYING INJURY to Fionn Fitzgerald cast a shadow over the second half of the Munster football final.

But the afternoon ended on a much brighter note as Kerry’s joint-captain was back on his feet in time to lift the Munster senior football cup with Johnny Buckley.

There were 10 additional minutes played at the end of the game in Killarney, largely because of a lengthy stoppage to allow Fitzgerald to receive treatment for a head injury.

He came off worst from an accidental collision with one of his team-mates and after an anxious delay, was stretchered from the pitch to be replaced by Killian Young.

Fitzgerald did not return but was fit enough to climb the steps of Fitzgerald Stadium and lift the Kingdom’s fifth straight provincial crown after an 11-point win over Cork.

“Fionn got a heavy bang to the head,” manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice confirmed afterwards.

“Initially (there were) fears for his jaw but I’d say he’s concussed. He was bleeding from the nose as well. I think it was one of our fellas he collided with.

“Thankfully he’s back to himself but we’ll have to look after him for the next few weeks.”

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