Cooper resumes training


Kerry forward Colm Cooper trained for the first time in almost two weeks on Friday night as Kerry put the final touches to their preparations for their quarter-final against Mayo next Sunday.

Cooper, who sustained a groin strain while playing with his club Dr Crokes, had not trained with the rest of the panel as a precaution but he took part in a full training game in Fitzgerald Stadium and came through unscathed.

Kerry report no fresh injury worries and will select on Tuesday night after training.

Meanwhile, Mickey Harte last night declared a clean bill of health among his squad for next weekend's fourth-round qualifier against Monaghan.

"We'd be happy enough. Ciarán Gourley and Colin Holmes (both long-term injuries) are the only two still out. Otherwise everybody else should be okay," he said.

Peter Canavan, who did not start against Armagh in the Ulster final replay because of rib and shoulder injuries, should benefit from the extra recovery time, and will be back in contention for a starting place.