In the world of injuries, news of a cruciate ligament tear is one of the worst reports a player can hear.
Cruciate tears can take up to six to nine months of recovery after surgery and rehabilitation, if everything goes exactly to plan.
The Laois Ladies intermediate team have been striken with another cruciate injury blow in the past few days.
St Cloneth’s player Aoife Kirrane suffered a tear to her cruciate the Monday after Laois’s quarter-final win over Offaly.
Aoife came on as a sub in the match and the following Monday she felt her cruciate go in a warm-up drill before a club match.
“Aoife felt the tear and got a scan there on Thursday where she got the results,” said Laois manager Kevin Doogue.
Second cruciate injury this year
Of course this isn’t the first cruciate injury to make its impact on the Laois Ladies team. Former captain Laura-Marie Maher suffered the same blow after nine minutes of Laois’s league match against Tyrone in April.
However Doogue is confident about the strength and depth of the Laois side.
“It’s a horrible blow for Aoife. She came on and played well against Offaly. These things happen on a team and every team gets injuries,” said Doogue.
Laois Ladies now travel down to Wexford for the Leinster semi-final clash against the home team in Bellefield GAA Complex, Enniscorthy on Sunday June 17 at 2pm.