Colm Cooper ruled out of All-Ireland quarter-final clash with Clare

The 33-year-old has not recovered in time from a shoulder injury

Colm Cooper

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Colm Cooper will play no part in Kerry's All-Ireland quarter-final clash with Clare this weekend after failing to recover from a shoulder injury.

The 33-year-old picked up the injury during the Munster final at the start of the month against Tipperary.

The Kingdom will also be without Johnny Buckley who picked up a knock after colliding with Peter Crowley in training, however Crowley will be available for selection.

"Johnny Buckley is making good progress," Kerry boss Eamonn Fitzmaurice told reporters. "This game is probably a week too soon for him. Colm Cooper won’t make this weekend. Mikey Geaney is out too with an ankle injury. Peter Crowley is fine."

Fitzmaurice also dismissed the notion that Kerry have a soft route to the All-Ireland semi-final, considering that had to play Clare in the Munster semi-final, Tipperary in the final and they now face Clare again in the All-Ireland quarter-final.

"To be fair to both Clare and Tipperary, there was a huge lack of respect towards them. They were being dismissed because we beat them. It was very disrespectful. Both teams have gone on to show the quality they have.

"We thought Clare would be around for the summer because they have a lot of good footballers, they play attractive football, they are well coached and they have had a great run of it through the qualifiers and I think it has really suited them.

"I was thinking about it this morning; of the teams that played in Division One this year, only two haven’t been beaten by a team from a lower division - ourselves and Dublin. The other six have all been beaten by teams in lower divisions.

"I think that shows the work that is going in counties, particularly in Clare and Tipperary, the progress they have made and the wins they have had. There was a reaction after the weekend results that when it was confirmed that we were playing Clare, words like 'farcical' being used and that we were inside in an All-Ireland semi-final without having played the game."

Via The Mirror