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James O'Donoghue ruled out as Kerry hit by nightmare injury list

The Kingdom face either Waterford or Clare on 22 June.

O'Donoghue scored 5-24 in the league this season.
O'Donoghue scored 5-24 in the league this season.
Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Updated 18.00

KERRY HAVE BEEN rocked by an injury crisis with just over a fortnight to go before their Championship opener.

Star forward James O’Donoghue and Johnny Buckley have both been ruled out of the Munster SFC semi-final and face a race to be ready in time for a possible provincial decider next month.

In a further blow to Eamon Fitzmaurice’s plans, David Moran and Daithi Casey are also carrying knocks ahead of the game against Waterford or Clare on 22 June.

The injuries all came together in a nightmare run since last weekend, Kerry revealed last night.

The biggest concern will be for O’Donoghue, who stood up with a string of superb performances in the league in the absence of injured talisman Colm Cooper.

The All-Star forward sprained the AC joint in his left shoulder during training on Tuesday night and is expected to be out of action for four weeks.

Buckley is also set to spend four weeks on the sideline after he sprained his ankle last Sunday.

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If recovery takes as long as expected, the two could still be a doubt if Kerry are in the Munster final on 6 July.

Moran had fluid drained from a knee injury yesterday and is expected to resume training in a week to 10 days, as is Casey who picked up a dead leg last weekend.

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