Friday 23 March 2018

Coleman hit by 'freak' injury

Galway footballers will be without one of their most versatile and experienced players for their Saturday's qualifier clash with Antrim, as Niall Coleman has been ruled out by a "freak" injury.

The Annaghdown clubman, who can play half-back, midfield or half-forward, misses the trip to Casement Park with a knee injury.

Manager Alan Mulholland said that Coleman, who dropped out of the squad last season due to work commitments, was particularly unfortunate to pick up the injury in training.

"Niall's injury was a complete freak. He fell on Fiontain O Curraoin's studs and chipped his knee. Some debris from the kneecap has worked its way into the knee and he'll be out for some time," said Mulholland.

But the loss of Coleman has been cushioned with the return to fitness of O Curraoin and Conor Doherty.

Roscommon, have received a shot in the arm ahead of Saturday's qualifier clash with Tyrone.

Donie Shine and Cathal Cregg, both of whom picked up injuries in the 1-11 to 1-9 win over Armagh, have recovered and will start against Mickey Harte's men at Hyde Park.

However, manager Des Newton is without defender Cathal Dineen for a second game in a row.

"Cathal is still really struggling with an ankle injury and he still hasn't trained on it. He has to be rated extremely doubtful to be in the shake-up to face Tyrone," said Newton.

"I think all the other players have recovered well from the Armagh match."

Irish Independent

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