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Massive setback for Leitrim's Mulligan as he tears cruciate for a third time

The attacker is hit with the injury as the 2017 championship is about to commence.

Emlyn Mulligan Leitrim footballer Emlyn Mulligan. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

LEITRIM’S KEY FORWARD Emlyn Mulligan has been hit with a torn cruciate for the third time in his career.

The injury will rule Mulligan out of the 2017 championship with Leitrim set to travel to Ruislip to take on London in their Connacht opener on Sunday 28 May.

Mulligan first suffered the injury when he missed the 2009 season and then was hit by a recurrence of the same injury in the spring of 2010.

Leitrim manager Brendan Guckian confirmed this afternoon to the Leitrim Observer that Mulligan had sustained the injury blow after undergoing a scan on his knee.

The attacker himself tweeted to confirm the news, which comes after Leitrim team-mate Nevin O’Donnell has also been sidelined for this summer with the same injury.

Earlier this year Mulligan transferred back to his home club Melvin Gaels after spending four years playing his club football in Dublin with St Brigid’s.

Mulligan has been one of Leitrim’s leading players since making his debut in 2008, scoring 0-10 against Galway in that championship season.

He took a year out from the inter-county game in 2015, playing for the Donegal club in Boston that summer.

Last year Mulligan returned to action with Leitrim, posting 0-3 in their Connacht defeat to Roscommon, kicking 0-3 in their All-Ireland qualifier win over Waterford and hitting 0-3 when they exited the championship against Sligo.

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