Bradley's cruciate fears ahead of knee scan
Published 18/04/2011 | 05:00
Paddy Bradley has sustained a suspected torn cruciate ligament, which could rule him out of the forthcoming football championship.
Derry's ace forward will have a scan later today to determine the damage caused to his right knee during a club match in Derry on Saturday night.
The 29-year-old was playing for Glenullin against Bellaghy when his knee twisted awkwardly. He is the latest in a long line of high-profile footballers who have suffered cruciate damage in recent months, following on from Cork's Colm O'Neill, Kerry's David Moran and Kildare's Dermot Earley -- who looks to have suffered a significant setback in his recovery from an operation last autumn.
Bradley was in hospital last Monday with cracked ribs but played through the pain barrier on Saturday night.
He had been putting in a huge effort for Derry this season after a controversial end to 2010, when he left the panel after being dropped by Damian Cassidy for the qualifier game against Carlow. Bradley would have been playing his 12th championship season with Derry this summer, but the injury could bring his career to a premature end if it is confirmed to be a torn cruciate ligament.
Joe McMahon could be ruled out for Tyrone's Ulster championship opener after he suffered a broken jaw in a club game yesterday. McMahon underwent surgery in Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry last night on a double fracture.
The injury occurred in the opening league game of the season, in which his club Omagh was away to Moortown. McMahon had only recently returned to action after a lengthy recovery period from a hamstring problem.