Knee injury rules promising Donegal youngster out of action in 2017

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YOUNG DONEGAL footballer Aidan McLaughlin will play no part in the 2017 after having surgery on a knee injury.

The Naomh Padraig, Muff man had been called into the Donegal senior panel by Rory Gallagher, on the back of an impressive year for the county minors in 2016.

However, Gallagher has confirmed that McLaughlin, who is still at school, will not now be involved this year.

“Aidan was in, but he was carrying a knee injury – he got a scan and has been operated on,” Gallagher said.

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“He’ll play no football this year. It’ll take eight or nine months. It’s fairly severe, but it’s not a cruciate.”

McLaughlin scored the winning goal against Tyrone in the 2016 Ulster Minor League final and in the Championship he scored two points in the games against Monaghan and Cork, as well as notching a point against Antrim.

McLaughlin was a key component of the minor squad that capture Ulster League and Championship titles last summer.

Sports writer from St Johnston, now based in Letterkenny, with ten years' experience covering sport in Donegal. Was a nominee for NUJ Sports Journalist of the Year in 2010. Honoured by the Donegal Boxing Board in 2016 for his coverage on the sport.

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