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Derry star Bradley out for season

IN-FORM Derry football star Eoin Bradley will take no more part in their season after confirmation last night that his anterior cruciate ligament is torn, WRITES Cliona Foley.

The injury, sustained in an in-house match when he was "just running along", is a huge blow for Derry ahead of Sunday's Ulster final against Donegal.

They had already lost Bradley's older brother Paddy to a cruciate injury this summer.

Eoin Bradley had been in the form of his life, scoring 1-5 in the Ulster semi-final defeat of Armagh in a magnificent display.

His absence leaves manager John Brennan with a massive void to fill for Derry's first Ulster final appearance since 2000.

"This is very unfortunate for the player himself and comes at a bad time, but we cannot allow it to distract us," said Brennan.

One small consolation is that Gerard O'Kane, who missed the semi-final with injury, has returned to club action and is back in the reckoning.