Bradley blow for Oakleafers

Paddy Bradley scoring one of his nine points against Kildare in the Allianz National League Division One game in Celtic Park last night.
Paddy Bradley scoring one of his nine points against Kildare in the Allianz National League Division One game in Celtic Park last night.

DERRY’S Ulster Championship hopes were dealt a severe blow after full-forward Paddy Bradley suffered a suspected cruciate ligament injury while playing for Glenullin against Bellaghy at the weekend.

Bradley will have to wait on the results of a scan before discovering the full extent of the injury but Derry assistant manager Barry Dillon, who was at the game, admitted things did not look good.

“It was innocuous, there was no challenge. It looks serious but we won’t know until he gets a scan,” explained Dillon.

“It’s early days but it’s not looking good. He was in real distress, beating the ground, it was not good to see.”

The news will be a major blow for John Brennan’s hopes, especially considering Bradley had been in superb form throughout the McKenna Cup and National League campaigns.

The Glenullin ace is merely the latest to be added to the Oak Leafers growing injury list ahead of the opening Champions clash against Fermangh in a month’s time, Michael Bateson also suffering a recurrence of the quad injury which kept him out of the early part of the season.

James Conway, Patsy Bradley and Joe Diver are both long term absentees while Conleth Gilligan will have to overturn a suspension if he is to play at Celtic Park after his controversial red card in the final league game against Antrim at Casement Park.