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Royals' Reilly off to Sweden for Achilles op

MEATH full-back Kevin Reilly will travel to Sweden over the coming weeks in an attempt to finally end his torturous run of injury, writes Conor McKeon.

Reilly missed out on Navan O'Mahony's Meath SFC win in Navan on Sunday because of an Achilles tendon which has blighted his career in recent years and forced him to miss a large chunk of action for the Royals this season.

"I kept it under wraps for a while, managing the injury basically, but it came to a head in the summer," explained Reilly.

Reilly will travel to Umea in northern Sweden where he will be operated on by Achilles specialist Hakan Alfredson.

"There's a rupture in my Achilles tendon and there's chronic tendonitis in the good bit," he added. "So it's not in a good way at the minute but I'm fairly hopeful that this guy will look after me. It will be four months in total. So I should be back mid-league."

Navan O'Mahony's now play Longford Champions Pearse Emmet óg in the AIB Leinster club SFC but will be forced to do so without Reilly and his Meath colleague, Mark Ward, both of whom will remain on the absentee list until spring next year.

Meanwhile, Sean Boylan will officially launch Club na Mi, formerly the Meath GAA Supporters Club, in Aras Tailteann on Friday night (8pm).

The latest successor to Boylan's Royal throne, new Meath football boss Mick O'Dowd, will also attend the launch, which is to mark 25 years of supporting Meath GAA teams. Contact Martin O'Halloran (086-7202221) or any committee member for further information.