Sunday 24 February 2019

Surgery for Banner's Coughlan after ankle break

Dermot Coughlan of Clare is carried off the pitch after suffering an injury. Photo by Philip Fitzpatrick/Sportsfile
Dermot Coughlan of Clare is carried off the pitch after suffering an injury. Photo by Philip Fitzpatrick/Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Clare footballer Dermot Coughlan underwent an operation in Santry Sports Clinic yesterday to repair a broken ankle sustained in Sunday's Allianz Division 2 league draw with Armagh in Newry.

Coughlan will miss the remainder of the league but Banner manager Colm Collins is hopeful that the player will return for the championship, provided there are no complications.

"We wish him well and hope he can make it back for the summer. He's a very promising player," said Collins.

Clare shared the spoils with Armagh in a game that switched to Newry as Armagh's punishment for undertaking a training camp outside the permitted window last year.

The condition of the pitch did not please Collins who made his feelings known to referee Cormac Reilly beforehand.

He said after the game that the condition of Páirc Esler was a factor in Coughlan slipping before the injury occurred. It happened after just 20 seconds and resulted in a 12-minute delay.

Collins was reluctant to expand on his frustration yesterday, insisting the game was gone and preferring to focus on Coughlan's well-being and recovery but did suggest that there should be a standard test for all pitches that made their condition a matter of fact rather than opinion.

"There is no way you could have driven anything through that ground without a point," he suggested.

"There should be some test, similar to horse racing."

Meanwhile, Tipperary's hopes of staying in Division 2 have suffered another blow with former All-Star Michael Quinlivan ruled out for most of the campaign.

The Clonmel Commercials clubman has undergone surgery for a knee cartilage problem and is set for five or six weeks on the sideline.

It is the latest in a series of injury set-backs for manager Liam Kearns, with goalkeeper Evan Comerford also doubtful after coming off late in Sunday's draw with Fermanagh.

Kearns is hopeful that Quinlivan, who became Tipperary's second All-Star footballer when he was honoured in 2016, will be back for the concluding stages of the league.

"We're looking at five to six weeks so hopefully he'll be back for the tail end of the league," said Kearns, who now has nine front-line absentees.

"There are no easy games in this division and they keep coming. We have nine players out and it looks like Evan Comerford is in big trouble now as well. I think it's his quad, groin or both, so he'll be out for a while."

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