Bernard Brogan's Dublin future in doubt after opting for major knee operation to fix ruptured cruciate ligament
BERNARD BROGAN has undergone major knee surgery this week, placing a huge question mark over his future as a Dublin footballer.
News that the 2010 Footballer of the Year had suffered a cruciate ligament injury was revealed by The Herald 11 days ago, and now it has been confirmed that Brogan has already taken the surgical route to recovery.
This ends any lingering chance that the five-time All-Ireland winner might play some role this summer as Dublin go in search of a fourth consecutive Sam Maguire.
Moreover, given that Brogan turns 34 in April, the lengthy lay-off that inevitably follows reconstructive knee surgery is bound to ratchet up speculation about whether he'll be seen in a Sky Blue jersey again.
A statement on the Dublin GAA website this afternoon confirmed that Brogan's injury had been medically diagnosed as an ACL rupture, adding that he has undergone surgery and is now in the recovery phase.
"On a personal level this is very frustrating for Bernard as he has played a vital role in recent team performances for both club and county," said Dublin manager Jim Gavin.
"Medical protocols for the Dublin senior football team have been activated to ensure that Bernard will receive the best medical care to actively assist his recovery in the weeks and months ahead.
"We wish Bernard a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him back to full health in the near future," Gavin concluded.
The four-time All Star sustained ACL damage – the second cruciate injury of his career – at Dublin training ahead of their last Division 1 outing against Donegal.
After the story first broke, there was widespread speculation that Brogan might attempt to rehab the injury without going through an operation, building up the muscles around his injured knee.
In this scenario, it was hoped that the player could yet play some role in Championship 2018.
Several other cruciate victims have chosen this option in the past, but they are in the minority and there are no guarantees that it will provide the joint stability required.
Presuming there are no major setbacks on the rehab trail, Brogan could conceivably be fit for the start of next year's Allianz Football League.
But by then he will approaching his 35th birthday, all this against a backdrop of increasing competition for a place in the Dublin attack with Con O'Callaghan, Niall Scully, Colm Basquel and Brian Howard all having emerged as starting contenders over the past year-and-a-bit.