Derry captain Lynch out for six weeks

Derry captain Mark lynch who will miss Derry's two remaining National League games after breaking two bones in his hand during last weekend's victory over Longford in Celtic Park
Derry captain Mark lynch who will miss Derry's two remaining National League games after breaking two bones in his hand during last weekend's victory over Longford in Celtic Park

DERRY captain Mark Lynch will miss the remainder of his county’s National League Division Two campaign after it was confirmed that he suffered two broken bones in his hands during the weekend win over Longford at Celtic Park

The Banagher player has been in fantastic form this season at centre-half back, helping Derry to second place in the Division Two table with games against Louth (away) and Westmeath (home) set to decide their promotion bid.

Lynch was forced off in the 48th minutes of last Saturday’s game to be replaced by Michael Bateson, himself returning from injury and Derry manager Brian McIver admitted the news is a setback for both the panel and the player.

“Mark sustained two broken bones in his hand during the Longford game,” confirmed McIver,

“He is expected to be out for 4-6 weeks.

“It obviously a set back but it’s also chance for others now to step up to the plate. Mark has shown tremendous leadership all year and towards the end of last year. However, we need an entire squad of leaders and it is up to the other fellas to fill that space until Mark returns.”