Monday 19 February 2018

Grimes waits for news on serious injury

Shane Grimes. Photo: Sportsfile
Shane Grimes. Photo: Sportsfile Sportsdesk

Shane Grimes will meet a specialist tomorrow to receive news on a hamstring injury similar to the type that ended Paul O'Connell's career.

The stand-in Dundalk defender picked up the serious setback in last Tuesday's dead rubber league defeat to St Pat's.

Grimes had stayed up through the night before the game so he could attend the birth of his second child.

He then travelled to Inchicore to captain a second-string Dundalk team and suffered the freak injury.

The local lad had played in every round en route to the FAI Cup final but he is now facing up to a long lay-off.

Dundalk physio Fearghal Kerin also works with Leinster and said Grimes' problem was something he would expect to encounter in rugby.

O'Connell had to call it quits when his hamstring tore off the bone against France in the 2015 World Cup.

"It's the same injury," said Stephen Kenny. "It's very difficult for him because he's done terrific every time he's played. It's unusual to have surgery on a hamstring."

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