Thursday 19 July 2018

Donegal dealt a devastating blow as Paddy McBrearty is ruled out for the season

Patrick McBrearty of Donegal and his teammates await the final whistle of the Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship Final match between Donegal and Fermanagh at St Tiernach's Park in Clones, Monaghan. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Patrick McBrearty of Donegal and his teammates await the final whistle of the Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship Final match between Donegal and Fermanagh at St Tiernach's Park in Clones, Monaghan. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Sean McGoldrick

NEWLY crowned Ulster football champions Donegal have suffered a massive blow with confirmation that key forward Patrick McBrearty will miss the rest of the All-Ireland series.

A short statement from Donegal GAA confirmed that McBrearty had suffered ‘a season ending ACL tear. He will be under the care of Dr Kevin Moran and we wish him well in his recovery.’

McBrearty damaged the cruciate ligament in his knee near the end of the first half in the Ulster final against Fermanagh while scoring a point.

Following treatment he played on, but early in the second half he signalled that he couldn’t continue and limped off.

The Kilcar player has been in superb form for Declan Bonner’s side this season but he won’t play again until 2019.

Donegal will meet All-Ireland champions Dublin in the first round of the new look Super 8s competition in Croke Park on July 14/15.

According to the GAA’s latest fixture list their next game is on the weekend of July 21/22 will be away to either Roscommon or a Round 4 winner while their final game in the series is scheduled for the August bank in Ballybofey against either Cork or a Round 4 winner.

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