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Cork's Ciaran Sheehan could miss the rest of the Aussie Rules season with Carlton
There’s been an injury setback for the 24 year-old in his Carlton career.

CORK’S CIARAN SHEEHAN could miss the remainder of the 2015 AFL season as he faces the prospect of having a groin operation.

24 year-old Sheehan has missed the opening seven rounds of Carlton’s campaign since the season commenced in early April due to the injury.

He is now set to undergo surgery to try to correct the problem and could face a long spell on the sidelines.

Coach Mick Malthouse revealed the setback last Friday night when speaking to SEN.

“We’ve got Ciaran Sheehan for instance, we’re crossing our fingers but I’ve a feeling that he may require an operation next week or the week after that will probably preclude him for the year. He’s got a groin (injury). He hasn’t played this year.”

Crisis

Malthouse revealed that it’s part of a wider injury crisis the club is experiencing.

“You’ve got (Cameron) Giles is another young kid that we’ve had (injured). He’s going to be late this year if he comes back at all, we hope he does come back.

But do they count that as an injury through the week of the game or is it because of the pre-season?

“We’re going to analyse these stats in a correct manner and see how many players are actually breaking down at training. I hate losing players at training. It shouldn’t happen.”

Kevin O'Brien with Ciaran Sheehan Morgan Treacy / INPHO Ciaran Sheehan in action for Cork against Dublin in 2013. Morgan Treacy / INPHO / INPHO

Sheehan made his Carlton debut last August in a Round 20 game against the Gold Coast and made three further AFL appearances at the end of the season for the Melbourne-based club.

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He had played regularly last season for Northern Blues in the VFL and won Carlton’s best first-year player award. At the start of this season Sheehan was listed by the Blues as  a Nominated Rookie, meaning that he was available for selection for every game this season.

Sheehan moved to Carlton in November 2013 after a GAA career that saw him win an All-Ireland U21 medal in 2009 and an All-Ireland senior medal in 2010.

Originally published Monday at 17.03

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