Kerry midfielder David Moran has suffered a second cruciate ligament injury and will now be out of the game for at least another season.
The son of former Kingdom star and manager Ogie Moran, tore the ligament in his left knee while training with Kerin O’Rahilly’s last week.
Moran(23) was close to a comeback after tearing the same ligament in a league game against Monaghan last April and the injury is a huge setback to the player who had regained his place on the Kerry panel.
“It’s a massive blow for David. He had worked very hard to come back from the first injury, he had done everything right, his rehab had gone well and it was just a freak accident,” Kerry boss Jack O’Connor told the Irish Examiner.
“He was very close to playing again and we were figuring that within a couple of weeks he would be seeing action.
“It’s a big setback for Kerry as well. We missed him last year because he was playing well when he got injured. It’s a devastating blow because he had worked so hard to get back. For it then to all get snatched away again, it’s cruel.”
Kerins O’Rahillys chairman Frank O’Connor added: “It’s desperate news from his own point of view and from the club’s and the county’s. He just jumped for a ball and came down and felt something going and the knee swelled up. He’d put a lot of time and effort into getting back to full fitness and being so close now this happens. It’s awful.”