Sunday 25 February 2018

Leacy starts on long road back from 'devastating' cruciate blow

Una Leacy suffered an injury to her left knee
Una Leacy suffered an injury to her left knee

Daragh Ó Conchúir

Cruciate victim Úna Leacy admits that watching Wexford compete in the Liberty Insurance senior camogie championship will be torturous but plans to return better than ever next year.

Leacy is the latest to fall foul of the Wexford and Oulart-The Ballagh injury jinx, with Ursula Jacob having undergone an operation to have a screw inserted in her finger yesterday and Karen Atkinson not expected to return for another couple of weeks after damaging her shoulder.

The 27-year-old suffered the injury to her left knee in the first round of the club championship last week but severe bone bruising and a strained medial ligament mean she must wait until July before going under the knife to repair the torn cruciate.

"Hopefully it will all go well and I'll be back training early January," said Leacy. "We'll see how it goes, how much I am able to do myself."

Leacy has been a star of Wexford's four All-Ireland successes since 2007, scoring two goals in the first 19 minutes of that breakthrough win. She was captain in 2010 as the Model County claimed the first of an historic three-in-a-row.

She has had a history of knee trouble, having also had an operation last May.

"I broke my leg when I was younger and I had knee trouble in my right knee for a long time. Then last year, I went to (orthopaedic specialist) Tadhg O'Sullivan because I couldn't bend it or do much with it.

"Tadhg told me I probably wouldn't be playing for nine months but I worked on myself, joined a gym, built up the muscle and got back for the All-Ireland semi-final."

Leacy played a key role as Oulart won the All-Ireland club championship last March and was primed for big season.

"That's why it's even more devastating this year because the cruciate is probably the worst you can get. It just takes time. There's nothing you can do to speed it up," she added. "I'm going back to Tadhg O'Sullivan and he's very good. I'm hopeful it will all go well and the sooner I can get back, the better."

Irish Independent

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