Leitrim’s preparations for the Connacht Championship Semi-Final have been dealt a devastating blow with the news that former captain Paddy Maguire dislocated his ankle last on Monday evening.
The Leitrim Observer understands that Maguire suffered the traumatic injury while having a kick-around with friends on Monday evening and initial reports suggest that the Glencar/Manorhamilton and Leitrim corner-back is unlikely to play any part in the Connacht Semi-Final against London on Sunday week, June 23.
The news is yet another blow to Leitrim’s quest to reach a first Connacht Final since 2000 following on the dropping of Wayne McKeon, Tomas Beirne, Shane Moran and Conor Beirne from the team squad for breaches of the team’s code of conduct.
It also means that Leitrim will start without three of the starting team who faced New York in Leitrim’s opening game of the championship against New York with McKeon and Tomas Beirne confirmed absentees and Maguire extremely unlikely to play any part in the game.
The news also means that joint managers George Dugdale and Brian Breen will have to fill two places in the defence, places that were considered automatic places for Maguire and McKeon.
Among those expected to come into contention for a starting spot against London are experienced quartet Enda Williams, Barry Prior, Ciaran Egan and Colm Clarke but the loss of Maguire is undoubtedly a major body blow.