Leitrim stars McCrann & Croal suffer injury blows

The County Senior football team have been dealt two severe blows with the news that injured stars Adrian Croal and Cathal McCrann both face extended time on the sideline after injuries sustained during last Sunday’s League defeat to Clare.

The County Senior football team have been dealt two severe blows with the news that injured stars Adrian Croal and Cathal McCrann both face extended time on the sideline after injuries sustained during last Sunday’s League defeat to Clare.

Glencar/Manorhamilton’s Croal has been detained in Sligo Hospital for observation after he suffered concussion from what appeared to be an accidental blow from the knee of a Clare defender late in the first half.

Croal is expected to be out of action for a number of weeks but Leitrim’s campaign was dealt a further blow with the news that goal-keeper Cathal McCrann will be in plaster for six weeks after he suffered a fractured arm, also during the first half of last Sunday’s encounter with Clare.

The Gortletteragh clubman had been due to be a member of the Connacht squad taking part in next weekend’s Inter-Provincial Championships but he now may be ruled out of most of Leitrim’s Allianz League games in March against Carlow, Offaly, Waterford and Tipperary.

The injuries came at a time when Leitrim were leading by seven points. McCrann attempted to play on but was unable to do so, with Carrick-on-Shannon Community School student Brendan Flynn replacing him to make his Senior team debut.

Croal’s injury necessitated a lengthy stoppage as he was treated on the field before being removed immediately by ambulance to Sligo.

GAA fans in the county will join with the staff of the Leitrim Observer in wishing Adrian and Cathal a speedy recovery and a quick return to the football fields.