Hughes to miss Antrim encounter

Updated: May 22, 2012

Monaghan captain Darren Hughes will miss their Ulster Senior Football Championship (SFC) clash with Antrim.

Darren Hughes has been forced out of Ulster’s clash with Antrim in the Ulster SFC this Sunday. The 25 year old has had a thigh problem that has become very serious. Muscle in the player’s quadriceps has calcified and turned into bone. This is possibly a career ending injury if not treated properly.
The Scotstown clubman revealed; “It is serious, even walking on it you’re probably at risk.

“It can be career-threatening if it’s not looked after. The physio said he cannot emphasise how careful I have to be with this injury. There is nothing out there that can cure it bar giving it time.

“I’ve asked if there is anything I can do, what remedies I could take, but Alan [Byrne, physio] works with the Irish soccer team and told me if there was something could be done for this injury, Man United would have found it when the same thing happened to John O’Shea.

“He was out for four months because he started to run on it and it got a lot worse before it got better. I have rested mine well and it is a realistic target for me to be ready for the end of June.

“There is no point moping because it’s not about me – there is a job to do. Antrim are confident of turning us over.

“The way we are performing over the last 18 months we can’t look beyond Antrim. At the same time, we have a good enough squad, even with the injuries, so we are optimistic.”

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