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Shane Killoran suffered a suspected broken ankle at the weekend. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Shane Killoran suffered a suspected broken ankle at the weekend. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

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Shane Killoran suffered a suspected broken ankle at the weekend. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Roscommon have been dealt a double injury blow with Ronan Daly and Shane Killoran likely to be out long term after picking up knocks in recent days.

Killoran was carried off the field on a stretcher in the opening minute of the westerners' National League Division 2 game with Fermanagh in Enniskillen on Sunday when he suffered a suspected broken ankle.

He was brought to hospital in Enniskillen and later transferred to Sligo University Hospital where he was kept overnight. The injury is expected to keep him out for a number of months.

Daly damaged his spleen in a collision at training last Wednesday night and he, too, is facing a long spell on the sidelines, the likelihood being that he will miss the remainder of Roscommon's league programme.

Daly and Killoran have been two of Roscommon's more influential players and with Conor Cox out again for this weekend's visit of Clare to Dr Hyde Park, it puts them under further pressure.

They have taken just one point from their opening two games against Laois and the Erne County.

Cox is recovering from a fractured wrist which only surfaced in recent weeks.

Rossies' manager Anthonuy Cunningham is already without Diarmuid Murtagh who has, so far, opted not to return to the squad in 2020, joining his brother Ciarán who missed out last term when he took a break.

Just two points separate the top side in the division, Laois, from the bottom team, Roscommon, and with so much at stake for the teams that suffer the drop - they will play in the second tier championship unless they reach their respective provincial finals - it is already proving quite a challenging group.

Meanwhile, Galway will be without midfielder Ciarán Duggan for the remainder of the season after he underwent knee surgery last week.

Duggan came to prominence under Kevin Walsh in 2018 but missed most of last term with knee problems.

With Peter Cooke working in the United States for the year, Pádraic Joyce's midfield options have been depleted, though the experienced Paul Conroy has featured so far this year after working his way back from a double leg break in 2018.

Offaly will also be missing their promising forward Cian Farrell after he suffered a freak injury in the wake of Carlow IT's Sigerson Cup loss last week to DCU when severing a tendon in his foot after he stood on glass.

Irish Independent