Bernard Brogan’s hopes of playing for Dublin in 2018 appear to be over as it was confirmed that the St Oliver Plunkett Eoghan Ruadh star underwent surgery to repair a ruptured cruciate ligament.
Brogan the 2010 Footballer Of The Year turns 34 years of age in April and questions will now be asked if this injury, picked up in training earlier this month will end his glittering inter-county career.
A statement from the County Board reads:
“Dublin Footballer Bernard Brogan’s recent knee injury has been medically diagnosed as an ACL rupture. Bernard has undergone surgery and is now in the recovery phase.”
The normal period time for ACL recovery is anything from six months to a year for a player to return to full fitness. If Brogan did recover in the shorter space of time and no one who’s is familiar with the player would be surprised if he did, then he’d be available for the latter stages of the championship in August.
But if it takes the full year Bernard would be pushing 35 years of age and one would have to wonder if he would willing to put his body through another gruelling year of training and matches.
Dublin manager Jim Gavin added: “On a personal level this is very frustrating for Bernard as he has played a vital role in recent team performances for both club and county.
“Medical Protocols for the Dublin Senior Football team have been activated to ensure that Bernard will receive the best medical care to actively assist his recovery in the weeks and months ahead.
“We wish Bernard a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him back to full health in the near future.”