Knee injury to sideline Donie Shine for two months
ROSCOMMON'S Donie Shine looks certain to miss out on the county's Round 2 qualifier in five weeks' time with news that he has ruptured his posterior cruciate ligament in his knee.
And he'll need his team-mates to go on a long run through the back door if he is to see action this summer as he prepares to sit out at least the next two months.
Shine was stretchered off after he collapsed under a high ball, as John Evans' side lost narrowly to Mayo in Hyde Park on Sunday. After undergoing a scan on Monday, the injury was confirmed.
There was some positive news for Shine, though, with the confirmation that the damage was to the posterior and not the anterior ligament, which gives him a chance of returning to inter-county action later in the summer.
Manager Evans was relieved to hear there was no long-term damage, but confirmed his star attacker will still have to undergo more investigative procedures to discover the full extent of his problem.
"A further exploratory investigation will be needed and he will undergo a rehab programme, which could last from six to eight weeks," said Evans.
Meanwhile, Derry will have to plan without attacker Cailean O'Boyle for the rest of the season after he opted to spend the summer in the USA.
O'Boyle was one of the county's brightest lights during their impressive run to the league final and managed 1-1 against a rampant Dublin team that day.
He also started the Ulster championship defeat to Donegal, but has opted not to stay around for their back-door campaign.
Elsewhere, the GAA confirmed fixture details for the first round of the All-Ireland football series later this month.
For the first time the draw has been split into two parts to help avoid fixture congestion.
There are four games down for decision on June 21 in Round 1A, while the remaining fixtures, which will take place the following weekend, will be confirmed when the final two teams who will play in the first round are known.
The GAA also confirmed that the All-Ireland SHC play-off between Westmeath and Kildare will take place in Navan on Saturday at 2.0.
Sat June 21 – Round 1A
Limerick v London, Gaelic Grounds, 3.0
Laois v Fermanagh, O'Moore Park, 3.30
Derry v Longford, Celtic Park, 5.0
Wicklow v Offaly, Aughrim, 7.0
Sat/Sun, June 28/29 – Round 1B
Down v Leitrim, Páirc Esler, TBC
Cavan v Westmeath, Kingspan Breffni Park TBC
Louth v Monaghan, Drogheda TBC OR Tyrone v Louth, Healy Park TBC
Carlow v Waterford/Clare, Dr Cullen Park, TBC or Meath v Waterford/Clare, Páirc Tailteann TBC