Tuesday 19 September 2017

Colm O'Neill season in doubt after suspected cruciate blow

Colm O'Neill is stretchered off the pitch after suffering a serious knee injury
Colm O'Neill is stretchered off the pitch after suffering a serious knee injury
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Cork forward Colm O'Neill is facing another season on the sidelines after suffering a serious knee injury in Saturday's Division 1 league win over Donegal in Pairc Ui Rinn.

There were fears in Cork after the game that the Ballyclough man may have suffered yet another cruciate ligament tear.

He is due to visit specialist Tadhg O'Sullivan in Waterford some time today to determine the extent of the damage on his left knee.

O'Neill (left) has torn the cruciate ligament on his right knee twice before, the latest just two years ago this week while playing for Cork against Galway.

O'Neill had kicked two wonderful points before collapsing to the ground in pain unchallenged during the match.

It would be a devastating blow for the player if he has suffered the same injury for a third time.

Cork are already without Ciaran Sheehan for the rest of the league campaign after he suffered a bad shoulder injury against Tyrone last week.

Meanwhile, All-Ireland club hurling final referee John Sexton is understood to have come under fire as he made his way off the field in yesterday's match.

Sexton, who sent off two Kilcormac-Killoughey players, was confronted by a supporter who came down to the tunnel area wielding a flag as the officials made their way off.

Irish Independent

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