Monday 23 October 2017

Gough blow adds to Dubs injury woes

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

THE Dublin hurlers' injury jinx has claimed another victim as defender Oisin Gough will miss Sunday week's All-Ireland semi-final clash with Tipperary.

The Cuala man suffered a broken hand in training on Monday night and joins Anthony Daly's lengthy injury-list which already includes Tomas Brady, Conal Keaney and Stephen Hiney -- while Joey Boland, Ryan O'Dwyer, Ruairi Trainor and David Treacy have all also missed parts of the Dubs' campaign.

Gough didn't play against Limerick but was thought to have been in contention for a recall to the starting side for the Croke Park showdown.

Gough's clubmate Paul Schutte, who made his championship debut in Thurles last time out, looks set to continue in defence.

Meanwhile, Westmeath have delayed a decision on whether to ratify football boss Pat Flanagan for the second season of his two-year term. A meeting of the county's football board last night opted to convene a committee that will meet the Offaly native to discuss his plans for 2012, before deciding on his future in a fortnight's time.

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Flanagan enjoyed a successful stint with club side Tyrrellspass before taking over as Westmeath manager from Brendan Hackett.

Their campaign started brightly as they gained promotion from Division 3 this term -- but losses to Wexford in Leinster and Antrim in the back door meant the Lake County failed to win a senior championship match for the fist time in 15 years.

Elsewhere, four clubs are reported to be interested in luring Down forward Marty Clarke back to the AFL -- with a return to Collingwood believed to be his preferred destination.

New franchise Greater Western Sydney Giants will have priority picks in the draft due to their embryonic status and could make a bid for last year's All Star, while Carlton and Sydney are other possible destinations.

Meanwhile, the An Riocht man's Down team-mate Caolan Mooney is heading to Collingwood. Mooney has signed a two-year international rookie contract, which will begin next October.

Irish Independent

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