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O'Donoghue and Buckley set to be back fit for Kerry for Munster football final

Kerry take on Cork in Páirc Uí Chaoimh on July 6th.

James O'Donoghue could be back in action soon for the Kingdom.
James O'Donoghue could be back in action soon for the Kingdom.
Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

KERRY HAVE RECEIVED a boost ahead of Sunday week’s Munster senior football final with James O’Donoghue and Johnny Buckley winning their battles to be fit for the game against Cork.

2013 Allstar winner O’Donoghue missed last Sunday’s Munster semi-final win over Clare due to a shoulder injury while Buckley was absent with an ankle problem.

Manager Eamon Fitzmaurice is optimistic when assessing their recovery before the clash in Páirc Uí Chaoimh on July 6th.

“Johnny took part in training (on Thursday night) and came through it fine,” revealed Fitzmaurice. “We are hoping that James will be able to do a bit on Saturday and we will have to wait and see how he is after that. The rest of them are grand.

“They (James and Johnny) are better than 50/50. With regard to the injuries themselves, I think the injuries will be okay, but it’s the match sharpness and the football; they won’t have a whole lot of that under their belt. That could be a factor. But I think the injuries should be okay.”

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