GAA Digest - Meath back on the right road after Louth O’Byrne Cup clash
Meath 0-11 Louth 0-5 in the O’Byrne Cup clash at Navan on Sunday
KERRY boss Jack O’Connor has received good news on the double after Tomas O Se committed himself to the county team for a 15th, season and captain Colm Cooper declared he is over the ankle injury that threatened his NFL participation.
“The ankle is fine. I’ve had a month to six weeks now without any problems with it,” Cooper told the Irish Examiner.
“The medical teams have been taking a look at it regularly enough and saw it again last week. They’re quite pleased with it.
“I don’t think there’s going to be any need to get an operation to sort it out which is very good as we’ve a lot of games coming up. I just had problems with the ankle in the middle of last summer when I picked up a knock on it.
“But it started to settle down then for me during the Munster club championship and I was able to get through those games okay. Since we beat UCC in the final in December, it’s felt very good.”
DUBLIN boss Pat Gilroy has confirmed that the Brogan brothers – Alan and Bernard – will miss the glamorous NFL opener against Kerry at Croke Park next month.
Alan is out for four weeks after aggravating a knee injury, while Bernard is off to Australia for an extended holiday.
Midfielder Barry Cahill and defender Kevin Nolan will also miss the Kerry game through injury.
Dublin continued their early season form with an easy O’Byrne Cup quarterfinal win over UCD on Saturday night which pleased Gilroy.
“We conceded a bit too much but at the end of the day, after the work we’ve put in over the last two weeks, we’d be happy enough with it,” said Gilroy.
“You’d love to have everyone back and available but there’s no point rushing fellas back from injuries either. We’re really still just getting back into it. Our shooting and our handling, as you’d expect with the work we’re doing, could be better. But the effort and the application were great.”
Sean Og Question
CORK hurling boss Jimmy Barry Murphy has yet to make a final decision on veteran Sean Og O hAilpin’s chances of remaining in his squad for the 2012 league and championship season.
Barry Murphy recalled the former all-star as soon as he got the job but won’t finalize his plans for the rest of the season until after the Waterford Crystal Cup competition.
“In this regard, Sean Og is the same as every player we have on the training panel at the moment and it is up to the players to make strong cases for themselves in matches and in training over the next few weeks,” the manager told The Irish Times.
“We play either Kerry or Tralee IT in the first round of the Waterford Crystal on the 5th of February, and hopefully we’ll get a few matches in the competition before we play our first league game against Waterford three weeks later.”
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