Sunday 21 January 2018

McLoone in the wars again

LEO McLOONE'S injury hell continued yesterday when the Donegal star sustained a nasty facial injury in an ugly brawl at the end of a club championship clash.

McLoone was last night reported to have gone to hospital to have the injury assessed. Naomh Conaill officials indicated that McLoone had a suspected broken bone in an eye socket -- an injury that would certainly lead to another lengthy spell on the sidelines if it is confirmed. He is to have further medical examination this week.

Naomh Conaill were knocked out of the race for the Donegal SFC with a one-point defeat to Glenswily. McLoone netted a last-minute goal for his side, but Glenswilly ran out 1-10 to 2-6 winners.

In the immediate aftermath of the game, an unsavoury melee broke out on the field, with over 50 bodies involved in an ugly scene that cast a cloud over what had been an otherwise entertaining affair.

It is believed that McLoone sustained his injury when he was allegedly struck in the clashes.

Donegal manager Jim McGuinness, had called for the weekend's Championship games to be postponed until after the Ulster final.

McGuinness said after his team's win over Tyrone that he would like the games to be put back for a few weeks, but the CCC insisted that their hands were tied and the show went on with all eight second-leg ties played.

McLoone only returned to action from a broken ankle sustained in March when he came on as a sub in the Ulster Championship quarter-final win over Cavan last month.

Irish Independent

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