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Boost for Laois ladies footballers as Fitzpatrick injury ‘not serious’

Donie Brennan
Photos: Paul Dargan

There is good news for the Laois ladies this weekend as the injury sustained by Erone Fitzpatrick in the win over Kildare is ‘not serious’.

The Park-Ratheniska forward damaged her cruciate knee ligament in a league defeat against the Lillywhites in February 2020.

Sunday’s game against the same opposition was her first competitive action in more than 15 months.

Fitzpatrick came off the bench at half time and made an instant impact, scoring two points and setting up many others.

However, she was forced off through injury with just a couple of minutes to go – raising fears that something serious had happened to her once again.

But speaking on this week’s edition of the Talking Sport Podcast, manager Donie Brennan gave a very positive update on the forward.

He said: “Erone got diagnosed afterwards and it is very positive – I think she will be out for seven to ten days.

“The main thing with Erone is just to get that bit of confidence back into her.

“She’s been out for the guts of 16 months and now that she’s back, we’ll be slowly reintroducing her to play bits of games until she builds her muscles back up.

“But she is going to be sore and tight after being out for so long but we have no doubt in her ability and will give her all the time she needs to get right.”

Laois face a trip to Longford on Sunday and a win there would almost guarantee Brennan’s outfit a league semi final place.

Their hosts defeated Wicklow last weekend and the Arles-Killeen native says his side will be going for the win.

He said: “No matter what team goes out, we’ll be going for the win.

“We’re trying to win every match and while we have a 35-player panel that we will utilise, we intend to win every game that we go out to play.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.