McGeeney still 'hopeful' as fears grow Earley season could be over
Published 03/08/2010 | 05:00
Dermot Earley will find out later today if his season is over after suffering his latest knee setback in the All-Ireland quarter-final win over Meath on Sunday.
Earley is due to undergo an MRI scan today to assess the extent of the damage he suffered in the first minute of Sunday's victory.
Earley has effectively been operating throughout the summer on a completely severed cruciate ligament in his right knee.
It was initially thought that surgery was his only option, but at 33 the midfielder has battled on through the qualifiers.
Kildare boss Kieran McGeeney said that once the swelling went down he remained "hopeful" that Earley could still play an active role in the season. But he admitted that further damage to other ligaments in the same knee could affect stability and rule him out.
"It remains to be seen if there is damage to the medial ligament," said McGeeney. "If he's ruled out he'll be an obvious loss."
Kildare struggled briefly without him against Meath before recovering to book a place in an All-Ireland semi-final against Down in just under four weeks' time.
The Kildare County Board are expected to suspend all championship matches involving their players until their interest in the All-Ireland is over.
After six successive weekends of action, McGeeney is not concerned about the impact of a four-week break. "It will give us time to work on other aspects of the game that may need improvement," he said.
Meanwhile, Graham Canty is facing a race against time to be ready for Cork's All-Ireland SFC semi-final against Dublin in less than three weeks' time.
Canty pulled up in the second half of the win over Roscommon with a hamstring injury. It is anticipated that it will take the entire three weeks for the injury to repair properly. Ciaran Sheehan is expected to recover in time.