Davy Fitzgerald hoping to be back by Sunday after minor heart surgery

Davy Fitzgerald hoping to be back by Sunday after minor heart surgery

Davy Fitzgerald is aiming to be on the sideline for Clare’s All-Ireland quarter-final on Sunday having had minor heart surgery yesterday, writes John Fogarty.

Fitzgerald, 45 on Monday week, was transferred to St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin yesterday having been admitted to a clinic in Galway on Monday. He is set to be released on Friday after having two angioplasty stents inserted.

It is believed Fitzgerald, who wears a heart monitor during games, was experiencing complaints on Saturday and chose not to attend a training game on Sunday.

The Sixmilebridge man previously had two stents inserted in 2009 due to a blocked artery. At the time, he was told by his surgeon that he was in “heart attack territory” having been diagnosed with a 95% blockage.

In the event Fitzgerald is not able to take to the sideline against Galway in Thurles, selectors Dónal Óg Cusack and Louis Mulqueen are in line to take over team duties.

In April 2013, Brian Cody had pre-planned heart surgery, which ruled him out of Kilkenny’s Division 1 semi-final and final against Galway and Tipperary respectively.

Last week, Fitzgerald spoke about how he was able to regulate his heart during matches.

“I will fight tooth and nail if I think a decision is wrong. I will fight for it and I will fight for the lads but I will be straight back down.

“Like, I’ve often checked my heart-rate in games and, trust me, I won’t allow it to be up for a long period of time to be calm and be certain of what you’re looking at.

“It’s funny enough, I come back down quick enough. I don’t know what it is. If you really watch the sideline, you’d often see myself and Cusack having the laugh. We could have been fighting half a minute beforehand and the next thing we would be back on the thing again.

“I suppose it’s years of competing and stuff.”

This story first appeared in the Irish Examiner


More in this Section

Coronavirus wrap: Premier League testing boost as Djokovic shares US Open doubtsCoronavirus wrap: Premier League testing boost as Djokovic shares US Open doubts

RFU chief Bill Sweeney says rugby union could become a summer sportRFU chief Bill Sweeney says rugby union could become a summer sport

Zero positive Covid-19 results from latest round of Premier League testingZero positive Covid-19 results from latest round of Premier League testing

Nketiah hat-trick the highlight as top-flight teams continue build-up to returnNketiah hat-trick the highlight as top-flight teams continue build-up to return


Lifestyle

Throw all the veg you’ve got into this easy dish.Jack Monroe’s recalibration supper recipe

In a time when our shopping and cooking needs to be efficient and easy, we are bringing back our One List, Five Meals recipe pages.Michelle Darmody's One list, Five meals

What is the future of fashion and how will the ‘high street’ look when this is all over? Corina Gaffey asks those in the knowThe future of fashion: How the crisis will impact the retail industry and what we wear

Surveying the global market, Des O’Sullivan says when the going gets tough, the tough get goingHow art world is putting changed times in picture

More From The Irish Examiner