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Published: 09:31 | 26/7/16

Cooper out of Clare tie


Colm Cooper has been ruled out of Kerry's All-Ireland SFC quarter-final against Clare due to a shoulder injury.

Cooper has yet to recover from the ligament damage he suffered in Kerry’s Munster final win over Tipperary, while Johnny Buckley is unlikely to feature against Clare.

“Colm won’t make this weekend. Johnny Buckley is making good progress, this game is probably a week too soon for him," manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice confirmed.

Clare defeated Roscommon last weekend to set-up a quarter-final clash with Kerry and Fitzmaurice believes they have not received the credit they deserve for their run in the championship.

“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," Fitzmaurice is quoted as saying in the Irish Examiner.

“Of the teams that played in Division 1 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 on in counties, particularly in Clare and Tipperary, the progress they have made and the wins they have had.

“When it was confirmed we were playing Clare, words like ‘farcical’ were being used and that we were inside in an All-Ireland semi-final without having played the game.

"Again, I found that disrespectful to Clare given they had got to an All-Ireland quarter-final on merit having played three tough games.

“It is good for Munster [to have three teams in the quarter-finals]. It is showing what we already knew ourselves because we came up against them.”

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