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Dinny Corcoran

Dinny Corcoran

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Dinny Corcoran

With every dark cloud comes a silver lining, they say, and Donabate soccer star Dinny Corcoran feels the suspension of all soccer activity could benefit him in the long run.

Corcoran hasn't played a game with his club Bohemians since last May when he broke a bone in his foot during a game with Sligo Rovers. The ace marksman was due to make his long-awaited comeback last Friday evening against Cork City, but thanks to the suspension of all games due to the coronavirus that comeback has had to be put on ice.

'I suppose from a selfish point of view it gives me another few weeks to get my fitness back to where I would like it and raring to go upon the resumption, whenever that may be,' he said.

'I broke my foot last May against Sligo and I haven't played a minute for Bohs since, which has been hugely frustrating. I did manage to get myself fit for the very last game last season, but I didn't get off the bench that night and then I came into this season with a niggling groin injury.

'I've been working hard to get back fit and was just about to return against Cork when all this crazy Coronavirus stuff really flared up. I trained last week for the first time this season and then following that training session on Thursday we found out about the suspension of the league.

'The manager has given us training programmes and GPS trackers, so we'll still be doing stuff, but it will all be by ourselves.

'It was a tough time being out so long with injury as I haven't been out for that length before and the first few weeks in particular were really tough as I was on crutches and had a boot on my foot.

'I have a three-year-old at home and it was tough not being able to do stuff with him.

'Given the fact I'm 30 you start to wonder if this could be a career-ending injury, but thankfully it was a clean break and I've healed up really well.

'I feel I'm ready to play now, but obviously that's not going to happen for at least a few weeks. The worst-case scenario for the League of Ireland will be if this whole thing drags on for a long time as that will put some clubs under huge financial pressure.

'We're not too bad at Bohemians as roughly 90% of our supporters are season ticket holders. Unfortunately, other clubs aren't as lucky as us in that regard and I think I read an interview with the Cork treasurer, saying a long suspension will put the club's future in doubt.

'It's very hard to know how this whole thing is going to pan out and I'm guessing the absolute best-case scenario is getting up and running at some stage in April. Until then we are all just going to have to keep training away on our own, which isn't ideal as it can be hard to find the motivation when you're doing it on your own.

'The main thing is that everybody follows the guidelines and stays safe and makes sure that we can limit the spread of the virus. If that happens the rest will look after itself and we'll be back playing again soon.'

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