Monday 19 February 2018

Concussed McHugh a serious doubt to face laois

Mark McHugh has spent a second night in Letterkenny Hospital as he recovers from the concussion he sustained in Sunday's Ulster final defeat to Monaghan, writes colm keys.

McHugh will almost certainly miss Saturday's qualifier against Laois in Carrick-on-Shannon as a consequence.

He went to the hospital on Sunday night after returning to Donegal and is understood to have had little memory of the build-up to the match earlier in the day.

Donegal manager Jim McGuinness outlined afterwards that his head had hit the ground hard on impact after his collision with Stephen Gollogly, who was left with a significant swelling around his left eye.

Donegal got McHugh off the field immediately when the extent of the injury became apparent. He is the third Donegal player to have sustained concussion in two games, following on from Ryan Bradley and Frank McGlynn in the Ulster semi-final against Down.

Last week Barbara O'Connell, CEO of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, issued a warning about the need to treat concussion properly in sport. McGuinness acknowledged how the loss of McHugh impacted on their game plan.

Irish Independent

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