Wednesday 18 October 2017

Robbie Benson faces lengthy spell on the sidelines after receiving scan results on injured hamstring

Robbie Benson (R) shoots to score their first goal during the UEFA Europa League group D football match between Dundalk and Zenit Saint Petersburg. / AFP / PAUL FAITH (Photo credit should read PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images)
Robbie Benson (R) shoots to score their first goal during the UEFA Europa League group D football match between Dundalk and Zenit Saint Petersburg. / AFP / PAUL FAITH (Photo credit should read PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images)

Jack O'Toole

Dundalk midfielder Robbie Benson could face up to two months on the sidelines after receiving results from his hamstring scan, following the lilywhites 2-1 loss to Cork City on Sunday.

Benson was taken off after just eight minutes on the weekend after coming out on the wrong side of a challenge with Cork midfielder Karl Sheppard.

It's Benson's second big injury since joining the League of Ireland champions last season, after a groin injury had ruled him out for nearly a month during Dundalk's Europa League campaign, but manager Stephen Kenny predicts that the 24-year-old will come back as a better player for it.

“Robbie got the results of his scan and it’s a grade two tear high up in the hamstring, which rules him out for a minimum of 6-8 weeks,” Kenny told the club's website. “It’s a big blow for Robbie and for us.

“It was an honest tackle with Karl Sheppard, there was no malice from either side; it’s just the way he approached it and it tore the hamstring. With Patrick McEleney, Robbie has been a little bit under the radar this season but they have been our two best players.

“He has really kicked on from last year and done brilliantly. He came back in excellent physical condition this season, he gives a lot of energy and his left foot gives balance to our midfield. He has stepped it up this season and I’ve no doubt he can come back and have a major impact on our season.

“He moved to Dundalk last year, he has put a lot into it here and it’s a setback. He has reached some very high levels this season.”

Dundalk will take on Drogheda United on Friday night in the Louth derby at Oriel Park in a match which will be broadcast live on RTÉ2 from 7.30pm.

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