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Huge blow for Cork City as club captain set to miss remainder of the season

John Dunleavy’s knee injury is worse than first expected, says manager John Caulfield.

Dunleavy is carried off the pitch on Friday night.
Dunleavy is carried off the pitch on Friday night.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

RUNAWAY LEADERS CORK City are expected to be without club captain John Dunleavy for the rest of the season.

The Donegal native was stretchered off with a knee injury during last Friday’s SSE Airtricity League Premier Division win over Limerick at Turner’s Cross.

And Leesiders boss John Caulfield has revealed that it is worse than initially thought.

“The indications aren’t good, contrary to what we thought after the match,” Caulfield said at today’s press conference.

“We’ll know further this evening, but unfortunately it’s his knee and it doesn’t look good. Certainly, it looks as if he’s going to be out for quite awhile.

“We’re just waiting on confirmation of that, but it’s a terrible blow to himself.”

Caulfield added that on-loan defender Ryan Delaney has returned to training ahead of this Friday’s meeting with Derry City, while fellow centre-half Alan Bennett is 50/50 for the trip to Maginn Park.

Unbeaten City are 18 points clear of second-placed Dundalk having dropped just two points all season.

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