Wednesday 20 November 2019

Cruciate blow puts Dubs ace O'Gara out for rest of season

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Eoghan O'Gara sustained a knee injury playing a league game for his club Templeogue Synge Street on Sunday which has been diagnosed as a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament
Eoghan O'Gara sustained a knee injury playing a league game for his club Templeogue Synge Street on Sunday which has been diagnosed as a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament

Cliona Foley

The 'curse of the cruciate' has hit Dublin football again and full-forward Eoghan O'Gara is the victim this time.

O'Gara sustained a knee injury playing a league game for his club Templeogue Synge Street on Sunday which has been diagnosed as a ruptured anterior cruciate (ACL) ligament. In a cruel twist of fate, his younger brother Killian - a key member of the county U-21 team - broke his ankle in the same match.

Dublin revealed the extent of the injury last night and confirmed that O'Gara (29) will be out for the rest of the year.

"On a personal level, this is extremely disappointing for Eoghan," manager Jim Gavin said.

"His start to the 2015 season had been very positive with some excellent performances in the O'Byrne Cup and League."

O'Gara, known for his barnstorming runs close to goals, has won two senior All-Irelands and three Leinsters since breaking into the team in 2010, but has been unfortunate with injuries.

He broke his wrist in 2011 and had operations on both hips last year to cure a repetitive groin injury. He had surgery on an elbow last winter but had returned to full fitness. Gavin said "the medical and coaching staff will actively assist in his recovery over the weeks and months ahead."

Former U-21 star Ciaran Kilkenny is only back after missing most of last year due to cruciate surgery.

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