Former Armagh star Ronan Clarke in intensive care following serious head injury in club match
Former Armagh GAA star Ronan Clarke is in a "stable" condition after being admitted into intensive care following a serious head injury in a club match according to local reports.
Clarke, a member of the Armagh side which defeated Kerry the 2002 All-Ireland Football Final, was transported to Craigavon Hospital where his condition is being described as "serious but stable" according to BBC Northern Ireland.
The 32-year-old is reported to have suffered a head injury while playing for Pearse Og against Maghery in the Armagh club championship last night, a game Maghery won on a scoreline of 2-12 to 0-08.
Clarke had scored two points before suffering the injury. It is believed Clarke collided into a goalpost on the pitch before being rushed to hospital.
The GAA community has rallied Clarke, with former Wexford forward Matty Forde among those to offer his support.
"Terrible news regarding Ronan Clarke,here's to a quick and full recovery #topplayer #topman," he posted on his Twitter account.
Former Armagh GAA star Ronan Clarke is in serious but stable condition in hospital after being injured in club game pic.twitter.com/vomSd2JG3T— The BBC Championship (@bbcchampionship) August 15, 2015
Best wishes and speedy recovery to Armaghs Ronan Clarke after an unlucky incident on the pitch last night..— Oonagh Scott (@OonaghB24) August 15, 2015
Intensive care is a horrible place to be. I'm hoping for good news for Ronan Clarke and his family. A brilliant footballer and a gentleman.— Ronan Devlin (@Ronan_Devlin) August 15, 2015
Keep a good friend & Armagh icon Ronan Clarke in your thoughts. He's currently in intensive care after a Club Gamepic.twitter.com/mza2xXMjO0— Thomas Niblock BBC (@thomasniblock) August 15, 2015
One of the deadliest forwards in his prime, Clarke was awarded All Stars in 2006 and 2008.