Thursday 23 March 2017

Kildare woe as Earley faces up to two months on the sidelines

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

KILDARE are anxiously awaiting the outcome of a scan on All Star midfielder Dermot Earley after he suffered a worrying knee injury against Laois on Saturday.

The Sarsfields star was running with the ball when he pulled up sharply and fell to the ground, and it is feared that it could be a ligament injury which could keep him out for as long as two months.

Earley had missed the previous week's victory over Westmeath after suffering a knock to the knee. His injury comes as the Lilywhites' promotion hopes from Division 2 were dashed by their near neighbours.

And in further bad news for Kildare manager Kieran McGeeney, Mikey Conway now looks set to miss Kildare's Leinster championship opener against either Louth or Longford on June 6.

Conway had built himself back to full fitness after cruciate ligament surgery but now has suffered a further complication that has forced him to stop training.

A small bone growth on his knee is now causing tendonitis and while surgery would remove it, it could endanger his repaired cruciate, so he is currently looking at his options.

Tyrone are also now awaiting news on defender Ciaran Gourley who is the latest high-profile player feared to have suffered a cruciate injury.

The three-time All-Ireland winner injured his knee while playing for his club, Rock, in a challenge match against Enniskillen Gaels last Sunday.

Gourley had a similar injury five years ago and this comes just a week after he had started his first game of the season for Tyrone.

"Ciaran has worked hard to get back into the reckoning and while he played against Galway, he needed more game time under his belt and for this to happen now is very disappointing," said Tyrone boss Mickey Harte.

Irish Independent

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