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'I could feel a dunt inside of the knee and I knew it wasn’t good from there' - Kilkenny cruciate blow

Attacker Ger Aylward is facing a long spell on the sidelines.

KILKENNY ALLSTAR GER Aylward has described as a ‘freak accident’ the challenge that left him with a torn cruciate and the prospect of spending the 2016 hurling season on the sidelines.

Aylward enjoyed a dream 2015 campaign as he nailed down a starting berth on Kilkenny’s All-Ireland winning side and claimed an Allstar for his attacking exploits.

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His run of glory continued when his club Glenmore progressed in the Kilkenny and Leinster junior hurling championships but disaster struck for Aylward as they booked an All-Ireland club final place last Sunday against Cork side Dungourney.

“It was a freak accident, I was going in for a tackle and the Dungourney player hit me accidentally on the outside of my knee,” Aylward told KCLR96FM.

“Whatever way I went down, I could feel a dunt inside of the knee and I knew it wasn’t good from there.”

The extent of Aylward’s injury was confirmed by Dr Tadhg O’Sullivan, who previously treated Henry Shefflin for the same knee injury.

Aylward is now facing nine months out of action but is focused on his recovery and supporting his club in their All-Ireland final on 7 February against Derry’s Eoghan Rua.

You can listen to the full interview here.


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