Laois dual star Cahir Healy is facing an extended injury layoff following confirmation that he tore the cruciate ligament in his knee during Portlaoise’s recent Laois SHC opening round game against Clough-Ballacolla.
Healy – who has been travelling over and back from London in recent years to play for club and county – picked up the injury in the opening minutes of the game last Saturday week in O’Moore Park. Although he attempted to play on, he eventually hobbled off a couple of minutes later.
The news comes as a big blow to the Portlaoise club in two codes. Already without the vastly experienced Tommy Fitzgerald, also due to injury, they play Rathdowney-Errill this weekend in the losers section of the SHC where a loss would end their championship campaign and put them into a relegation decider against Castletown or Ballinakill Gaels.
Healy, of course, will also be a huge loss to the Laois hurlers in 2018 as well as to the Portlaoise footballers who are attempting to win back the Jack Delaney Cup after being denied 10-in-a-row by Stradbally last year.
Portlaoise beat Arles-Kilcruise in the opening round of the football championship at the weekend but started without six of the side that played in last year’s county final for one reason or another.
Healy, Brian Mulligan, Stuart Nerney, Brian Smith, Brian Glynn and Craig Rogers all started against Stradbally in the 2016 final but of that six only Mulligan came on as a sub against Arles-Kilcruise. None of the rest are with the panel at the moment.
Portlaoise have been drawn to play league champions O’Dempsey’s in the next round of the SFC on Saturday, August 12.
News of Healy’s cruciate injury comes only days after his Laois colleague Mark Kavanagh has also suffered the same blow, a year after doing it the first time. The Rathdowney-Errill man had battled back to play senior and U-21 championship for Laois this summer and was one of the top players for his club against Camross in the opening round of the SHC.
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