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Dundalk Suffer Injury Blow As Captain Stephen O’Donnell Set For Long Absence

Dundalk will be without their captain Stephen O’Donnell for a significant period of time.

The midfielder was stretchered off in the first half of the Lilywhites’ Premier Division clash with Waterford at the RSC on Friday night, with the club and fans fearing the worst almost immediately as the injury had left his teammates visibly upset.

On Saturday afternoon, Dundalk boss Stephen Kenny confirmed that O’Donnell has broken his leg and will require surgery over the weekend:

“Stephen has a broken leg. The bottom line is that he broke his tibia. He will be having surgery over the weekend. We’ll see from there.

“He heard a crack when it happened. It is too early to estimate how long he will be out for. We will know more after the surgery.”

While, as Kenny says, it is too early to fully assess for how long the 32-year-old will be out of action, it stands to reason that the former Bohemians man will miss a large part of the season.

O’Donnell has been at Oriel Park since 2013 and has been a part of the club’s recent success. The ex-Ireland under-21 international was part of the side that claimed the Premier Division title three years in a row from 2014 to 2016, as well as their fantastic Europa League campaign of 2015/16.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.