Fractured ankle puts Hughes out for 10-12 weeks
Darren Hughes has confirmed that a fractured ankle will rule him out of Monaghan's opening Ulster SFC match with Cavan on Sunday, May 19.
If Monaghan progress, the Scotstown man could miss further games in the provincial championship given that the timescale for recovery is 10-12 weeks.
The winners of the Cavan/Monaghan quarter-final will play Down or Armagh two weeks later, a game that is also likely to come too soon for him.
The reigning Monaghan champions were playing Ballybay, county finalists last year, when the injury was sustained.
A subsequent scan in Drogheda confirmed that there had been a fracture. Hughes is unsure of the time he will have to spend on the sidelines.
"I have to have a further scan that will assess damage done to ligaments. But I'm in a cast and the Cavan game will obviously come too soon," he said.
Hughes had a strong league campaign, despite Monaghan winning just two of their seven Allianz Division 1 games, but his absence from the Cavan game, coupled with Niall Kearns also potentially missing out, has severely limited Monaghan's midfield options.
Kearns is continuing to rehabilitate from cardiac surgery last year.