Monday 23 October 2017

Down left reeling as ankle injury puts Coulter out of championship

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Benny Coulter looks set to miss the Ulster championship after sustaining a suspected broken ankle on Monday night.

Coulter turned awkwardly while playing a club match and Down manager James McCartan, speaking at the launch of the Ulster championship last night, acknowledged he fears the worst.

Coulter underwent scans yesterday, but Down are already planning without him according to McCartan.

"It doesn't sound good, so there is no point in saying otherwise. He's potentially got a broken ankle, so we are planning without him," said McCartan.

"It's a huge blow for him. We had been trying to play it very carefully with Benny and hold him back when he wanted to play and only introduce him as a substitute, hoping that we would get the best out of him in the summer.

"You feel for him because he has been toiling for many a year to try and get his hands on an Ulster championship and hasn't managed to do so," he said.

Down meet Fermanagh in the first round on Sunday June 3 in Enniskillen.

Irish Independent

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