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Laszlo Geczo/INPHO Stefan Okunbor in action for the Kerry U20s in 2018.
# Setback
Kerry youngster and Aussie Rules rookie faces surgery for ruptured Achilles tendon
Stefan Okunbor suffered the injury while training with his club the Geelong Cats.

KERRY YOUNGSTER STEFAN Okunbor has suffered a blow in his Aussie Rules career as he faces surgery for a ruptured Achilles tendon.

The Geelong Cats rookie player suffered the injury at training on Wednesday and will undergo surgery on Sunday, following a consultation with a specialist.

“The club will work closely with Okunbor on his rehabilitation plan over the coming weeks,” a statement reads on the Geelong Cats website.

An emerging Gaelic football talent in the Kingdom, the 21-year-old Okunbor signed for the AFL side in 2018. He played eight games for the Cats in the Victorian Football League [VFL] in 2019.

Okunbor won a minor All-Ireland medal with Kerry in 2016 and went on to become a prominent figure for the county’s U20 side under then-manager Jack O’Connor in 2018.

His performances drew applause that season, and he was honoured with the man-of-the-match award in his side’s Munster final win over Cork.

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The Na Gaeil club man was also named on the EirGrid 20 U20 end of season list in 2018.

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