Leitrim hopes hit as McCrann ruled out

John Connolly

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John Connolly

Cathal McCrann in action against Clare in Milltown Malbay - the Gortletteragh clubman is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines. Photo by Willie Donnellan
Leitrim football has been handed another injury hammer blow with the news that keeper Cathal McCrann could miss the entire Allianz League Division Four campaign through injury.

Leitrim football has been handed another injury hammer blow with the news that keeper Cathal McCrann could miss the entire Allianz League Division Four campaign through injury.

A spokesman for the Leitrim GAA County Board confirmed to the Leitrim Observer that McCrann has suffered a hairline fracture to his collar bone and has been ruled out of action for at least a month, a time span that could see him miss the remainder of the Allianz League campaign.

McCrann will miss Sunday’s clash with Carlow in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada and the trips to Wicklow (March 9) and Waterford (March 16) and faces a race against time to be fit for the games against Tipperary (March 30) and London (April 6).

The Leitrim net-minder suffered the injury in a club game against Mohill last Saturday, almost a year on from a broken arm he suffered against Clare in the 2013 League.

It is is expected that Ballinamore Sean O’Heslin’s Philip Farrelly will take over from the Gortletteragh man but McCrann’s absence is a major blow to Leitrim’s League hopes.

McCrann’s injury will compound the absence of full-forward Tomas Beirne who is recovering after an operation on Wednesday following injuries received in a traffic accident last weekend.