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Rovers upbeat on Lopes recovery


Rovers’ Roberto Lopes. Photo: SPORTSFILE

Rovers’ Roberto Lopes. Photo: SPORTSFILE

Rovers’ Roberto Lopes. Photo: SPORTSFILE

Shamrock Rovers boss Stephen Bradley is hopeful that defender Roberto Lopes make a full recovery after he underwent surgery over the weekend.

Lopes was absent from the Rovers side which lost 2-1 at home to Bohemians on Friday night and manager Bradley later confirmed that the ex-Belvedere player had been taken to hospital that day.

"He woke up on Friday morning with abdominal pain and straight away he was told by the doc he needed to go to the hospital for an operation so he was in theatre," says Bradley.

"He was fine, then he woke up and maybe one of his testicles has turned while he was asleep they think and if they can't operate within the first few hours you have a chance of losing it so it was vital we got him in. It's a massive loss to us but hopefully he is ok."

Youngster Sam Bone was pressed into central defence to replace Lopes but Bone was criticised by his boss for coming back onto the field of play, having been treated for a head injury, while still appearing to be suffering from concussion as Bohs scored their winning goal after an error by Bone.

"We spoke to him in the dressing room three times and he told the medical staff three times that he was fine, he felt no dizziness," says Bradley.

"Sometimes you have to trust what you're told, the medical staff, the doctor and player all telling you he's fine. He was very naïve in kicking the ball back to their thrower. When it goes out for a throw kick it into the stand or back onto the pitch. That was the frustrating bit and we got punished."

Meanwhile the Dundalk league-winning side has lost another key figure as striker Ciaran Kilduff has left Oriel Park and moved to NASL side Jacksonville Armada.