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Relief for Cork's Alan O'Connor as he avoids cruciate injury but still needs knee surgery

O’Connor suffered the injury against Kildare last Saturday night.

Alan O'Connor is wheeled away after suffering the injury against Kildare last Saturday.
Alan O'Connor is wheeled away after suffering the injury against Kildare last Saturday.
Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO

SCANS HAVE REVEALED that Cork’s Alan O’Connor did not tear his cruciate in last Saturday’s All-Ireland qualifier defeat to Kildare.

The news will be a relief to O’Connor who collapsed in pain holding his left knee after catching a kickout in the first-half in Semple Stadium.

The42 has learned that scan results have revealed that O’Connor’s cruciate is still intact but he has still suffered a serious knee injury with a meniscal tear and a small fracture in his tibia.

The St Colum’s club man will still require surgery to correct the meniscal tear.

The loss of O’Connor was a major setback to Cork’s hopes on Saturday and their 2015 campaign ended as they suffered an eight-point defeat.

O’Connor’s return from retirement to the Cork panel in April was a major boost to the Rebels and he gave a man-of-the-match display in the drawn Munster final against Kerry.

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