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Kevin Johnston ruled out for months
02 Jul 2015 10:10
Kevin Johnston is set to miss the rest of the season after suffering knee ligament damage at the end of Saturday night’s defeat by Donegal.
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The Derry defender – who had been enjoying an outstanding year in just his second season of inter-county football – went down under a seemingly incidental challenge from Neil Gallagher late in the game.
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He suffered ligament damage which will require surgery and will be ruled out for at least three months, but the rehabilitation time could be up to a year.
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The news is a massive blow for both county and club. Johnston only made his inter-county league debut last February in the famous win over Kerry down in Killarney, and has been an almost ever-present in the side since.
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He did a fine job in restricting Michael Murphy in Clones at the weekend and was one of Derry’s best players on a night when they went down to a narrow 1-09 to 0-10 defeat by Rory Gallagher’s side.
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Johnston would also have been in a key figure in Dungiven’s push to win their first Derry SFC title since 1997. His absence adds to a crippling injury list for Magpies boss Kevin Madden to contend with as the championship draws near.
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