Double injury blow for Leitrim

Leitrim have been hit with two massive injury setbacks, as forward duo Emlyn Mulligan and Colin Regan have both been ruled out for the rest of the season.

Leitrim have been hit with two massive injury setbacks, as forward duo Emlyn Mulligan and Colin Regan have both been ruled out for the rest of the season.

The luckless Mulligan has suffered a recurrence of the cruciate knee ligament injury that sidelined him for the entire 2009 campaign.

Meanwhile, Regan's inter-county career is almost certainly over after the 34-year-old sustained a double cruciate injury.

He injured himself whilst training with his club, Melvin Gaels, recently. It has been confirmed as torn anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments, severe damage to the medial ligament and cartilage and bruising on the bone.

With just one win from their opening three NFL games, the news could not come at a worse time for Leitrim manager Mickey Moran.

"I'm gutted for Colin. We had encouraged him to come back and his return was a real plus for us," he said.

"He's so well respected and is a leader both on and off the pitch."

Coincidentally, Mulligan, a high quality free-taker, also damaged his knee in action for Melvin Gaels last weekend.

The Longford-based Garda was going through on goal before he put his foot in a divot and went over on his knee.

The Leitrim management were already coming to terms with the loss of key attacker Declan Maxwell for the foreseeable future.

The Drumreilly ace is recovering from a recent operation, with his return not expected for another three-and-a-half months.

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