KILDARE’S defeat to Tyrone in the Allianz Football League Semi-Final was quickly forgotten on Sunday evening after Lilies boss Kieran McGeeney revealed that midfielder Dermot Earley was in ‘serious trouble’ with a back injury.
Earley was due to play round four of the Division 1 campaign against Dublin at Croke Park but suffered a back spasm in the warm-up, which has kept him out ever since. The two two-time all-star had an operation last week but McGeeney may now have to plan without him for the championship.
“He’s in a lot of trouble at the minute. Dermot’s thoughts are probably to do with walking properly again,” said McGeeney after Sunday’s 2-15 to 2-11 defeat to Tyrone. “He’s struggling with a lot of pain now. He just needs time to recuperate. Hoping that the operation last week will help him. His main priority at the minute is trying to have no pain.”
The Sarsfields veteran has already said that this will be his last season with the Lilywhites after what has been an injury-plagued career, especially over the last decade. This latest injury presents Earley with another monumental task to get back playing inter-county football after suffering cruciate ligament damage and various stress fractures in recent years.