Tuesday 20 February 2018

O'Carroll out for season

ROSCOMMON'S victory over London has come at a high price as wing-back Mark O'Carroll will miss the rest of the season after breaking his kneecap.

The St Brigid's defender suffered the horrible injury just 30 seconds into the game and has been hospitalised in London, awaiting surgery.

"He was caught by an opponent's follow-through but it was totally accidental," Roscommon PRO Michael Fahey said. "He was taken to the nearest hospital which was just 10 minutes from the ground."

It was a Bank Holiday weekend in England which meant O'Carroll could not have a scan until today.

"He is likely to have surgery in the next two days and we hope to have him home by the weekend," added Fahey.

Roscommon's vice-chairman Pat Finneran remained in London to oversee O'Carroll's treatment and visited him yesterday. It is understood that some of the player's family have also stayed on in England with him.

Roscommon beat London by eight points and play Leitrim in the Connacht SFC semi-final on June 20.

Elsewhere, the Gaelic Players' Association have paid tribute to Adrian Freeman, the Mayo hurler and GPA member who died tragically in a car accident in Australia last weekend.

"Adrian was a leading player in Mayo hurling and was honoured for his contribution in last year's Christy Ring Cup as well as being chosen for the Connacht interprovincial hurling panel," GPA CEO Dessie Farrell said.

"The death of a young player and his friend is deeply shocking and on behalf of the GPA I would like to pass on our sincere sympathies to the families and friends of Adrian and Robbie (Twomey) and to all Adrian's playing colleagues."

Irish Independent

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