Good news for Tipperary football supporters today is that the injury sustained by star player, Michael Quinlivan, is not as bad was initially feared on Saturday evening.
Quinlivan was stretchered off the Pairc Uí Rinn pitch around the 15 minute mark of Tipperary’s one-point loss to Cork at the weekend as a result of what appeared to be a serious leg injury.
The specific problem for the Tipp number 14 was unclear, but it was evident that he was in extreme discomfort, having landed awkwardly after contesting a high ball around the middle of the field. There were certainly fears that he had suffered a serious injury, originally.
All 4,075 in attendance at Pairc Uí Rinn applauded Quinlivan off the field as he was assisted by medics, and he later appeared in the Premier County’s dugout on crutches. There was a real cause for concern for the All Star full-forward given the nature of the incident, where similar landings have seen serious injuries occur.
However, after the game, manager, Liam Kearns confirmed that it was an ankle injury that his marquee forward had suffered and all but ruled out any serious broken bones or knee ligament issues. Kearns was optimistic that the injury was not a season ending one for the former UCC student, despite not knowing the full extent of the problem sustained.
“We were afraid it was a broken ankle but thanks be to God it doesn’t look like it’s broken anyway,” Kearns stated.
“He’s out for a number of weeks anyway. I don’t know will he make the qualifier or not.
The Tralee native was quick to point out what a consequential loss the 24-year-old was on Saturday evening.
“It’s a huge blow as I said, he was only just starting to get into the game and in the second half when we would have been hitting him with kickouts they (Cork) wouldn’t have been pushing up on our sweeper I would imagine if Mikey had still been on the field.
“It was a huge swing in the game,” he said.
Today, thankfully for the Premier camp and the player himself, a CT scan has revealed that Quinlivan has suffered ankle ligament damage while confirming there is no break in the ankle. This will will rule him out for a few weeks at least, meaning it is still unclear whether he will feature in Tipp’s first qualifier.
If they are to progress, it is likely that the Clonmel Commercials man could return in time to play, RTÉ have reported.