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Bad news for Roscommon as key defender likely to miss rest of 2016 season

No Neil Collins for Sunday’s Connacht final against Galway.

Roscommon defender Neil Collins pictured in action against Sligo
Roscommon defender Neil Collins pictured in action against Sligo
Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

ROSCOMMON HAVE SUFFERED a blow ahead of Sunday’s Connacht football final with defender Neil Collins ruled out of the game and likely to miss the rest of the 2016 season.

Collins has suffered a Grade 3 hamstring tear and is set to undergo surgery on the injury. He is now unlikely to play football for the remainder of the campaign.

The defender, who play his football with Dublin side St Brigid’s, started at full-back in Roscommon’s Connacht wins against New York and Leitrim in May before coming on as a sub in the second half for the success against Sligo last month.

In other injury news for the Rossies, Western Gaels duo Ciaran Cafferkey and Kevin Higgins have been released back to their club to get game time after recovering from recent injuries.

Brian Murtagh, whose brothers Ciaran and Diarmuid are also involved in the squad, was unable to partake in a training match at the weekend due to a hamstring injury with Gary Patterson also sidelined for that reason.

Throw-in for Sunday’s clash between Galway and Roscommon in Salthill is 2pm.

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