Monday 24 July 2017

Blow for Monaghan as Darren Hughes to miss Ulster Championship with knee injury

Monaghan's Darren Hughes. Photo: Sportsfile
Monaghan's Darren Hughes. Photo: Sportsfile

Monaghan talisman Darren Hughes has been ruled out for up to three months with a knee injury.

Hughes, who injured his medial ligament playing for his club Scotstown at the weekend, confirmed the blow in an interview with the Irish News and Monaghan must now plan their Ulster Championship campaign without their inspirational midifleder.

"It’s not the cruciate so I suppose that’s kind of a bonus," the 30-year-old told The Irish News.

"It’s a right bit away but it is what it is, I just have to get on with it. At the minute I don’t need surgery - they were afraid of a full rupture but they don’t think it is so

"I’ve just to look after it and hopefully it’ll heal well.

"I’ve been told to do nothing for the next two to three weeks – it all depends how it settles. If it doesn’t do anything in the next four [weeks] it could be an operation.

"I’ll have to see how the initial healing process goes and take it from there, but it’ll be well on in the year before I see anything."

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