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Colin O'Riordan suffered a neck injury and concussion during last Sunday's Allianz Football League Division 3 victory over Sligo

Colin O'Riordan suffered a neck injury and concussion during last Sunday's Allianz Football League Division 3 victory over Sligo

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Colin O'Riordan suffered a neck injury and concussion during last Sunday's Allianz Football League Division 3 victory over Sligo

Tipperary U-21 football manager Tommy Toomey will consult with Colin O'Riordan, the player's parents and medical staff before making a call on the captain's availability for the EirGrid Munster final against Cork on Thursday week.

O'Riordan (19) suffered a neck injury and concussion during last Sunday's Allianz Football League Division 3 victory over Sligo.

The player was monitored on the pitch for 20 minutes before being stretchered off and was detained in hospital in Clonmel on Sunday after undergoing a CT scan on his spine, which showed up clear.

Toomey said: "We need to make sure that the welfare of the player is right. Concussion is a big issue and is getting more highlighted.

"You have to put the players first and that's what we'll be trying to do this week. We'll see how Colin is and how his parents feel about it. We'll have to go with their wishes."

Toomey was in touch with O'Riordan via text message on Sunday evening and confirmed that the dual All-Ireland minor medallist will be present at training this evening.

Toomey revealed: "He was feeling sick after the incident. He was relieved that the scan was clear but worried when the incident happened that his grip was weak.

"It was worrying for a while and what the physios felt was that when Colin hit the ground, his neck jerked back, a bit like being hit from behind in a car and suffering whiplash.

"That's what they thought it was but the scan was clear and that took the worry away from himself and he began to recover."

Irish Independent