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Bradley injury blow for Derry

Derry's preparations for the Ulster SFC final against Donegal have been thrown into some chaos with news that Eoin Bradley has suffered suspected cruciate ligament damage.

Bradley, younger brother of Paddy, who is also out for the rest of the season with the same injury, sustained the damage in an internal practice match yesterday.

Bradley's legs apparently tangled with an opponent and the team's medical staff were quick to suspect that the cruciate on his left knee had been torn.

A scan today is expected to confirm the damage and undoubtedly tilt the balance in Donegal's favour as they seek a first Ulster title in 19 years.

Bradley had taken on big responsibility since Paddy's departure in April and was inspirational in the semi-final win over Armagh.

Without Paddy and probably now Eoin Bradley, Derry's firepower has been badly blunted ahead of this Sunday's match in Clones.

Paddy Bradley tore his cruciate in a club match in April but Derry have progressed well without him to their first Ulster final in 11 years.

Irish Independent