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Dundalk's title hopes hit as captain O'Donnell out for the season

The Lilywhites midfielder suffered torn knee ligaments in last night’s draw with Shamrock Rovers.

O'Donnell is stretchered off the pitch last night.
O'Donnell is stretchered off the pitch last night.
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DUNDALK CAPTAIN STEPHEN O’Donnell will miss the rest of the SSE Airtricity League season after suffering a serious knee injury.

The 28-year-old was stretchered off in first half stoppage time during last night’s 2-2 draw with Shamrock Rovers at Oriel Park and it has been revealed by Lilywhites boss Stephen Kenny that he has torn his anterior cruciate ligament and posterior cruciate ligament.

“Stephen has been an inspiring captain for us,” Kenny told the club’s website. ”He has been outstanding since his arrival at the club and I believe that his performances have elevated further this season.

“I believe he has been the best player in the league so far in 2014. He is devastated at the news and the thoughts of everybody at the club are with him.

“I’m sure Stephen has the strength of character to get through this difficult period.”

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