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Ouch! – 13 of the worst injuries suffered by GAA players in 2013

For some players, this was a season spent on the sidelines.

FOR SOME GAA players, 2013 has been less about action on the pitch and more about time spent on the road to recovery.

Several leading footballers and hurlers saw their campaigns cut short by the curse of injury.

Here’s some who suffered this year and headed down the rehabilitation route ahead of the 2014 campaign.

1. Tomás Waters needed five operations and spent 48 days in hospital with a leg injury

The Wexford hurlers sustained a horrific leg injury in July’s All-Ireland qualifier against Clare. Complications arose in the aftermath of it and he was forced to spend 48 days in hospital. Waters is on the road to recovery but is still on 15 tablets a day and is facing nine more weeks on antibiotics.


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2. Ex-Mayo player Aidan Kilcoyne dislocated his knee after a team photo

Kilcoyne suffered the injury in a freak incident just moments before the start of his club Knockmore’s Mayo senior football quarter-final in Castlebar in October. He sprung up off the bench after the team photo and in the process dislocated his knee in a freak incident.


Pic: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

3. Paudie O’Sullivan breaks his fibula and tibia in a club hurling game

The Cork hurler has previously suffered a serious injury when he tore his cruciate ligament. In April he broke his fibula and tibia while in action for divisional outfit Imokilly in a Cork senior hurling championship tie.


Pic: @psull88

4. David Moran suffers a tear to his retina while in action for Kerry

The Kerry footballer has had his injury problems over the years, most notably when he tore his cruciate twice. Back in May this year he suffered a tear to his retina in a freak accident in a challenge match against Laois. However Moran battled back to be in the Kerry starting line-up by the end of the season.


Pic: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

5. Cillian O’Connor dislocates his shoulder not once…but twice

The Mayo forward’s injury woes persisted. He damaged his shoulder in a club game for Ballintubber in May and then while in action for his county at the All-Ireland semi-final stage in August.


Pic: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

6. Gearoid McKiernan’s season ends after he tears his cruciate ligament

Cavan footballer McKiernan suffered the injury in a game with his club Swanlibar in April.


Pic: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

7. Stephen Daniels shatters his kneecap in a hurling challenge game for Waterford

De La Salle clubman Daniels saw his season end back in April when he shattered his patella bone early in a challenge match that the Waterford hurlers were playing in against Offaly.


Pic: @DanoSteven

8. Colm O’Neill tears his cruciate ligament for a third time

Disaster struck for the talented Cork attacker, who won an Allstar in 2012, in a league game in March against Donegal in Páirc Uí Rinn.


Pic: INPHO/Donall Farmer

9. Seamus Hickey tears his cruciate ligament in All-Ireland semi-final

The Limerick hurler is taken off after 14 minutes of their clash with Clare in Croke Park as he damages his right knee.


Pic: INPHO/James Crombie

10. A Kilmainham player suffered this head injury in the Meath county junior final

Barry Lynch collided with his brother Trevor in the first-half of the clash in October, resulting in the injury below.


Pic: @truefergallynch

11. Meath’s Brian Meade endured cruciate woes

Meade featured for the Royals throughout the 2013 season but then returning to club action for Rathkenny in August, he was cut down as he snapped his cruciate.


Pic: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

12. Kieran Gavin suffers burns in an accident involving boiling water

An off-the-pitch incident lead to the Westmeath footballer getting injured. Back in April this injury was sustained by the Westmeath footballer, who works as a technical service representative for Chem-Aqua water treatment. He did return to action for Westmeath during the season.


Pic: INPHO/James Crombie

13. Raymond Wilkinson ruptures his cruciate in April

Another player who suffered cruciate problems, Derry footballer Raymond Wilkinson was struck down in Croke Park at the end of April in the Division 2 league final.


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Fintan O'Toole

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