Monday 20 November 2017

McCurdy gets all-clear

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

ANTRIM minor hurler Jude McCurdy (17) was expected to be released from Blanchardstown hospital last night after a serious injury scare in the All-Ireland quarter-final against Waterford.

A series of tests confirmed that he had not suffered any spinal injury and he was diagnosed with bruised neck muscles – but his injury was initially so worrying that his team management took the unusual step of conceding the game as he received treatment.

"There was only a few minutes left and we weren't going to peg back the scoreline (4-20 to 1-9)," Antrim manager Niall Kearney explained.

"Also we were there half an hour (for McCurdy's treatment) and it was hard on his friends and clubmates."

Kearney said they were happy that McCurdy got the appropriate treatment but questioned the delay in getting him moved to hospital.

"There was no ambulance at the ground (Ashbourne) which I thought there should have been," he said. "But he did get looked at by all the necessary specialists and consultants subsequently."

Kearney confirmed that McCurdy's injury was caused by an accidental clash with an Antrim team-mate.

His family, and the Antrim secretary, stayed on in Dublin for the night to monitor his recovery.

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