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Blow for Louth's Ciaran Byrne after promising start to AFL career

There’s better news for Zach Tuohy though.

Ciaran Byrne in action for Carlton.
Ciaran Byrne in action for Carlton.

THERE WAS MIXED news for two of Carlton’s Irish trio — Zach Tuohy and Ciaran Byrne — this morning.

While the Laois man will start against St Kilda in Wellington on Saturday — the game is being played in New Zealand as part of Anzac Day — Byrne has been ruled out with a hamstring injury sustained in training.

While Carlton are still to win a game this season, the 20-year old has made a positive impact during his time on the field with coach Mick Malthouse praising his rookie last weekend:

“I was a bit worried about telling him earlier in the week but he said, ‘don’t worry, I don’t get too nervous’. Then you have to cast your mind back, he has played before some massive crowds at Croke Park in Dublin.

“So the crowd weren’t going to get him. In fact some players relish that crowd. I want them to and he ate it up. In fact when I said to him before three-quarter time, ‘you’re on’, I could just see in his eyes there was no fear. Fabulous story.”

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