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Moran targets December return after breaking leg

MAYO ace Andy Moran hopes to be back in full training by mid-December, despite breaking his leg during International Rules training in Parnell Park last Saturday.

The All-Star contender will definitely miss out on Ireland’s tour to Australia next month after breaking the fibula in his lower left leg, but he described himself as “lucky”, adding: “When the leg went from under me, I thought my cruciate was gone. I'm gone for three to four months now but I thought (initially) that next season was over.

The crack was quite loud ... if this happened in July or August, I'd be fierce depressed.”

WATERFORD’s Eoin Murphy, who suffered a fractured skull during a club match last April, has retired from inter-county hurling after 11 years with the Déise. The four-time Munster champion will continue playing with his club, Knockanure Shamrocks.

KERRY forward Declan O’Sullivan may have been suffering from concussion when he coughed up possession in the run-up to Dublin’s match-turning goal during last Sunday’s All-Ireland final.

One Kerry source has been quoted as saying he was “definitely not in full possession of all his faculties” in the lead-up to Kevin McManamon’s goal, having shipped a heavy hit from Dublin’s Ger Brennan (who was duly booked) earlier in the second half.

ALAN MULHOLLAND, the man who led Galway to All-Ireland U21 glory last spring, now looks a certainty to become their next senior football manager following the withdrawal of the only other candidate left in the field.

“I will not be putting my name forward,” said former Offaly manager Gerry Fahy, who managed the Galway minors in 2009 and last year.

MICHAEL MURPHY has slammed as “disgraceful” some of the criticism levelled at Donegal’s defensive tactics in the wake of their All-Ireland

semi-final defeat to Dublin. “It was unfair,” the Donegal captain declared. “To be quite honest, it was nearly bordering on disgraceful.”

However, while accepting that his team must “improve on a lot of things”, Murphy took heart from Dublin’s All-Ireland triumph.

Reflecting on how Dublin’s method of play was “developing the whole time” during the first two years of Pat Gilroy’s tenure, he added: “This year it’s really come to fruition. They were able to mix both, organised defensive play and going forward.”