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Tuesday 24 April 2018

Lilies relief as Smith injury not serious

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

KILDARE attacker Alan Smith breathed a sigh of relief following confirmation that he has avoided the dreaded cruciate knee ligament injury.

Kieran McGeeney's squad have been decimated by cruciate injuries in recent times, with Dermot Earley, Mikey Conway and Daryl Flynn all affected.

And Smith feared the worst when he fell awkwardly in Sarsfields' Leinster club SFC semi-final defeat to Ballymun. However, he said he would be out for "weeks, rather than months."

"Great news cruciate is fine just bone swelling and damaged muscle back of the knee, few weeks rather than months roll on 2013," he tweeted.

On the other side of Newbridge, Moorefield confirmed that Luke Dempsey would take charge of their senior footballers for next season.

The former Westmeath, Carlow and Longford manager succeeds Jack Sheedy, who steered the club to a county title in 2010.

Elsewhere, new Meath manager Mick O'Dowd has appointed full-back Kevin Reilly as the Royals' captain for 2013.

Reilly underwent surgery on a damaged Achilles in Sweden a fortnight ago, but expects to return in time to lead Meath's bid to gain promotion from Division 3.

Tipperary football manager Peter Creedon has received a huge boost with the news that prolific forward Barry Grogan will be available for the 2013 season after spending the summer in the US. Midfielder Brian Jones also returns to the panel after a spell Stateside.

Irish Independent

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