Tuesday 6 December 2016

Mayo lose Regan for three more months after repeat collarbone break

Published 24/04/2015 | 02:30

Regan first suffered the injury in a spectacular fall during the county’s opening Allianz League game against Kerry, and he was hit on the double during county training earlier this week
Regan first suffered the injury in a spectacular fall during the county’s opening Allianz League game against Kerry, and he was hit on the double during county training earlier this week

Unlucky Mayo footballer Evan Regan has suffered his second broken collarbone in less than three months.

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Regan first suffered the injury in a spectacular fall during the county's opening Allianz League game against Kerry and he was hit on the double during county training earlier this week.

Mayo confirmed last night that the Ballina player had suffered the same injury and that is expected to keep him out for another 12 weeks.

Elsewhere, Laois County Board have suffered a €400,000 loss after offloading a site in Ballyroan where they had originally planned to build a Centre of Excellence in the late Noughties.

They are reported to have bought the 35-acre site for close to €800,000 in 2008 but have now sold it, at auction, for €385,000.

The project was abandoned for several reasons, not least Laois procuring Portlaoise's old grounds beside O'Moore Park and the land has been rented out for agricultural use in recent years.

Cork footballers have made just one change for Sunday's Allianz League Division 1 final against Dublin.

Jamie O'Sullivan replaces Brian O'Driscoll though he has recovered enough from a hamstring injury make the subs' bench.

O'Sullivan comes in at wing-back and Conor Dorman switches to centre-back. Donncha O'Connor and Paddy Kelly are among the Rebels who are ruled out due to injury.

Despite the return of Alan O'Connor to the side this week after retiring in 2013, he will not be involved until after the league final, even though manager Brian Cuthbert has hinted that he will be looking for him to fill a role in midfield.

Armagh's Charlie Vernon, whose side play Fermanagh in Sunday's Division 3 final, has suggested a radical rule change to stop the proliferation of 'blanket defences; limiting the number of defenders inside the 45/65-metre lines.

"A full-back suggesting this may sound like a turkey voting for Christmas," he said. "But it could improve the game as a whole. I've seen versions of this done successfully at underage through 'Go Games'.

"The argument may be that it will be hard to implement for referees but surely that is better than games being hard to watch," he continued.

"My interest in soccer waned when I got fed up watching teams defend in large numbers and playing 'keep ball' in their own half. I hope the same doesn't happen to Gaelic football.'

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