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Concussion victim Moore spends second night in hospital

GALWAY hurling captain Fergal Moore was detained in hospital again last night after suffering concussion in last Sunday's Division 1 hurling semi-final.

Fans watched anxiously after he was knocked unconscious in an accidental collision with Kilkenny's Walter Walsh just 10 minutes into the game.

The match had to be delayed for eight minutes before he was stretchered off on a spinal board, and his concerned parents immediately went to his side underneath the Old Stand in Semple Stadium.

But he had regained semi-consciousness before leaving the pitch and the initial fears of a neck or spinal injury had been ruled out before he was transferred to Clonmel Hospital, where he had a series of head scans and has spent the past two nights.

It is standard medical practice to detain concussion victims for 48 hours of observation, and Turloughmore star Moore is expected to be released today with no long-term repercussions.

His championship preparations should not suffer because Galway's next game is not until they open their Leinster Championship defence with a semi-final in the middle of June against one of five teams: Antrim, Westmeath, Laois, Carlow or London, who face each other in the earlier rounds.

Walsh, who starred in last year's All-Ireland replay victory on what was his Kilkenny senior debut, also picked up a nasty facial injury in the clash and needed stitches as he left the field with blood streaming down his face.

He returned to the game after 15 minutes of running repairs in the dressing-room and was subsequently replaced in the 56th minute.

However, he should not be affected for the Cats forthcoming league final.

Irish Independent