Thursday 22 March 2018

Carlow sweating over Murphy's fitness

Liam Kelly

Liam Kelly

CARLOW midfielder Brendan Murphy could miss Saturday's Leinster SFC replay against Meath after being taken to hospital suffering from concussion following last Sunday's thrilling draw in Tullamore.

Carlow manager Luke Dempsey, who expects an update on Murphy's fitness today, explained: "Brendan got a bad bang on the back of his head during the match but he didn't show any signs of being concussed and played on.

"Going home on the bus, he was very sick and started vomiting so we got him to Moydock in Carlow and he was transferred to Kilkenny. I've just been chatting to his brother, Brian, and he hopes to get good news.

"Brendan was outstanding against Meath, especially considering there was so much spoiling on him. Every time he got a ball, he was either pulled or dragged.

"Remember, he got a harsh booking early on. I thought it was a fair shoulder he made. The booking put him under a lot of pressure for the rest of the game.

"Under the circumstances, Brendan's discipline was outstanding and his performance was that of a player who, if he got three or four championship matches, would come under the spotlight of the All Star selectors."

Murphy's brother, Brian, faces a race to be fit for the replay after suffering a dead leg last Sunday.

Carlow are already resigned to being without corner-forward Daniel St Ledger, who has a torn hamstring. Paul Reid, sent off on a straight red card, is also out.

Irish Independent

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