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Monday 19 March 2018

Phillip Mahony facing long absence as Deise count cost of club injuries

Philip Mahony, Waterford
Philip Mahony, Waterford
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Waterford hurler Philip Mahony will undergo surgery this morning on the double leg fracture and dislocated ankle that he sustained in a club match on Sunday.

Mahony is in the Whitfield Clinic in Waterford for the procedure, which has ended his season and compounds the Deise's already lengthy injury list.

Mahony turned awkwardly in Ballygunner's county SHC victory over Ardmore and faces a long period of rehabilitation. He had been one of Waterford's key players in the league, having been away travelling for much of last season.

Maurice Shanahan has also aggravated a back injury, while Stephen Molumphy tore a hamstring in a club match on Friday night and both are very doubtful for the Munster quarter-final against Cork on May 25.

"Our medical team will assess them tonight when we resume training," Waterford manager Derek McGrath said last night.

Waterford's injury list has been piling up steadily, with Darragh Fives, Richie Foley, Jake Dillon, Stephen Daniels, Brian O'Halloran and Stephen Bennett all unlikely to make it, while Shane O'Sullivan is suspended.

Paudie O'Sullivan made his Cork comeback over the weekend in a challenge against Wexford after a double leg break which had complications. O'Sullivan scored two points but is unlikely to be in the frame for the Waterford game.

Luke O'Farrell, who has had a shoulder injury, is not expected to make the game either.

Irish Independent

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