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Zebre's Ciaran Gaffney recuperating in native Galway after neck surgery

The 22-year-old came through the Connacht academy, but suffered a horrible return to the Sportsground on Friday.

FORMER IRELAND U20 star Ciaran Gaffney underwent surgery on his neck in his native Galway after suffering an injury in Zebre’s win over Connacht on Friday.

Ciaran Gaffney receives medical attention Source: Bryan Keane/INPHO

The Zebre fullback, a product of the Connacht academy, was stretchered off after just seven minutes of his return to the Sportsground. He was found to have suffered a lesion to vertebrae c5 / c6.

Ciaran Gaffney Gaffney makes a break against the Kings. Source: Richard Huggard/INPHO

A statement from the Italian club says that a vertebral stabilisation intervention was performed on the 22-year-old at University Hospital Galway yesterday.

Gaffney will remain in Ireland to continue his rehabilitation.

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