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Laois captain Stephen Attride to miss Leinster final after suffering double-fracture to his skull

Stephen Attride of Laois gets medical attention after accidentally colliding with Ciarán Moran of Carlow during the Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Semi-Final match between Carlow and Laois at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Stephen Attride of Laois gets medical attention after accidentally colliding with Ciarán Moran of Carlow during the Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Semi-Final match between Carlow and Laois at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
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Laois captain Stephen Attride is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering a double-fracture to his skull in the victory over Carlow at Croke Pak yesterday.

The influential defender picked up the nasty injury deep into stoppage time in the 0-12 to 0-8 win as he bravely threw himself on a breaking ball to thwart a Carlow attack.

His head accidentally made contact with the leg of Carlow's Ciarán Moran and was knocked unconscious.

The game was held up for a number of minutes before Attride was taken from the field and transferred to the Mater Hospital where x-rays confirmed the injury.

Laois Football Board Chairman Laurence Phelan, and a Killeshin club-mate of Attride’s, confirmed the devastating news to LaoisToday.

“He’s after getting the scans and they’ve been sent to Beaumount and St James. He was knocked out for a couple of minutes and he has a deep gash – but he has a double fracture of the skull and he’s unlikely to play football again this year," he said.

“It’s such hard blow. It was an incredible act of bravery – one of the bravest acts I’ve ever seen – and it stopped a Carlow attack when they were driving on looking for a goal to level the game.”

His absence will be a huge blow to Laois manager John Sugrue as he prepares for the county's first provincial final appearance in 11 years against Dublin.

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