Sunday 8 December 2019

Royals rocked as skipper Kenny ruled out for season

Meath captain Seamus Kenny's season is over after scan results revealed that he sustained a cruciate ligament injury against Wicklow last Sunday.

Kenny, who went for the scan on Monday, got the news yesterday that he will require surgery to repair the damage sustained in the early part of the match.

His loss compounds a series of injury woes for Meath, with Shane O'Rourke (hip) and Mark Ward (ankle) also laid up for the rest of the season, while Stephen Bray and Paddy Gilsenan both missed the Wicklow game with hamstring injuries.

It is the second time that Kenny has sustained cruciate ligament damage in his career.

Meanwhile, Sean Cavanagh's worst fears were confirmed last night when he was told that he will play no part in Tyrone's push for championship honours this year.

Cavanagh has suffered an injury similar to that which kept him out of action for six months in the latter part of last year -- a detached shoulder tendon.

"It's a similar injury to what he got last year, only on the other side, and it looks like a season-ending injury again," said manager Mickey Harte, who revealed that he has been in touch with one of the players who retired prior to the beginning of this season with a view to him stepping back in to address a crisis which has seen four attackers ruled out by injury.

He refused to identify the player in question, but confirmed that it is not Brian Dooher, who is currently injured. "There's nothing confirmed yet, but certainly it's not out of the question," added Harte.

"There has been some contact made, but there's nothing to be announced just yet. It is a possibility."

Offaly (SH v Wexford) -- J Dempsey; D Morkan, D Kenny, D Franks; D Horan, R Hannify, J Rigney; C Mahon, K Brady; J Bergin, C Egan, B Murphy; S Dooley, C Parlon, B Carroll.

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