Cooper unsure if Connolly will see game-time

July 18, 2019

Kerry's Colm Cooper is tackled by Diarmuid Connolly during the 2016 All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park

Kerry legend Colm Cooper says he’s unsure if Diarmuid Connolly will even see a minute of action in this year’s All-Ireland championship.

It’s been over a year since Connolly last featured for Dublin and his last involvement in the championship was in the Dubs’ 2017 final victory over Mayo.

Manager Jim Gavin broke the news after last weekend's win over Cork that the St Vincent’s star was back in his squad and, speaking on the RTÉ GAA Podcast, Cooper said he wasn’t convinced over what the move was about.

"It’ll be amazing to see if he’ll get game-time. I still haven’t worked out whether he will or he won’t," said the Dr Crokes star.

"I just wonder is this a smokescreen to take the focus off the rest of the team and the squad. Can he add something? He definitely can. Are Dublin serious about this? I’m not convinced yet. Credit to Jim Gavin because his poker face is showing again and it’s a difficult one to read."

"We could well not see him play a minute in the championship. It would be a phenomenal turnaround for someone who hasn’t played championship football in two years, it would be sensational. For him to perform and dominate in the way he has in the past would be a serious ask."

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