Setanta Ó hAilpín has torn his anterior cruciate ligament in a challenge match against his former AFL (Aussie Rules Football) club Carlton.
Having been released from the Blues following eight seasons with the club, the 6’6″ Cork man joined new AFL franchise Greater Western Sydney Football Club at the end of last year.
The 2003 All Star and Young Hurler of the Year was playing for his new club when he went down in the third quarter of their 67-point defeat to the Melbourne outfit at Docklands. MRI scans confirmed the seriousness of the damage and the club have said in a statement that the 29 year-old will meet surgeons at the end of the week to discuss how to proceed.
There had been speculation at the end of last season that Ó hAilpín might return to Ireland having been de-listed from the Carlton roster. That speculation proved to be unfounded however. Whilst there will likely be further speculation following this latest incident, the third Irishman (after Tadhg Kennelly and Jim Stynes) to play 50 AFL games is said to be settled Down Under.