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'It was like a scene out of Braveheart' - The training accident that sidelined Kerry's Crowley

The Laune Rangers man suffered a painful collision with teammate Johnny Buckley.

Kerry footballer Peter Crowley
Kerry footballer Peter Crowley
Image: Stephen McCarthy/SPORTSFILE

PETER CROWLEY MISSED the Munster football final after a training ground collision with Kerry teammate Johnny Buckley and needed a minor operation afterwards to sort his breathing.

Crowley described the aftermath that saw him get hit in the nose as ‘like a scene out of Braveheart’ but he is back fit and fighting for selection before their All-Ireland quarter-final on 31 July.

“I took a bit of a knock at training, got a bit of a puck on the nose. I was trying up until the last minute to play but my breathing just wasn’t right.

“When you have a quality player like (Aidan) Mahony or (Jonathan) Lyne on the bench, you’re only being selfish saying you can play, you’d only be doing them a detriment by putting yourself ahead of the team.

“Johnny Buckley has got a hard forehead. It was like a scene out of Braveheart the boys were telling me, I could have been an extra out of Braveheart so it wasn’t great.

“I’m probably leaving myself open now to some fella boxing me in the face in the quarter-final! It wasn’t great.

“It’s good now. I got an operation on the Monday after the Munster final so that settled it down as well. Dr Moriarty in Tralee General did a good job on it.”

And how did Buckley come off from the collision?

“He’s like my best friend, I lived with him for four years in college,” outlines Crowley.

“He came off with a little tiny scar!” Ah, it was just bad. Just have to get my place back, that’s the only thing. That’s the only worry.”

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