PATRICK MCBREARTY’S injury, sustained after he collided with a post at Croke Park on Saturday night during the International Rules Test, was not as bad as first thought.
The Kilcar man had to be withdrawn after he cannoned into the post at the Hill 16 end during the second quarter of a game won by Ireland 56-52.
The goal wasn’t allowed stand as play had been called back for a foul on McBrearty, although Conor McManus converted the penalty.
The Donegal forward was immediately withdrawn and taken to the Mater Hospital for assessment.
“Patrick has some bruising to his shoulder and to his side, but he’s fine,” the Donegal manager, Rory Gallagher, said.
“They got him checked out just in case of any kidney damage. He was pretty lucky that the post was padded as it could have been nasty otherwise.”
McBrearty was able to join the celebrations after his team-mates regained possession of the Cormac McAnallen Cup.
Great win tonight & to win back the Cormac McAnallen cup! Disappointed to have to go off but well done to the boys ! #Eìre
— Patrick McBrearty (@PaddyMcBrearty) November 21, 2015