Injury list grows as McKeever is ruled out

Ciaran McKeever.
Ciaran McKeever.

Armagh Skipper Ciaran McKeever could be out for the rest of the National League campaign with a knee injury which he picked up in training last week.

The St. Patrick’s player who was outstanding for the county in a narrow defeat against Down last time out could be ruled out of the remaining league fixtures against Meath, Laois, Monaghan, Galway and Donegal.

The news will come as a huge blow for Armagh fans who are already reeling, considering that injuries to James Lavery, Aaron Kernan, Brendan Donaghy, Gary McCoey,Paul McKeown and Finnian Moriarty have already depleted the squad.

Paul Grimley’s side will travel to Navan to face Meath on Sunday more in hope than in expectation and the Ulster men will be favourite for relegation along with Galway if both points are dropped.

Although McKeeever will be badly missed, the news is better regarding Crossmaglen duo Aaron Kernan and James Morgan who are currently training with the squad,

With the top two sides in Division 2 Monaghan and Donegal facing each other on Sunday, Saturdays games could have a huge bearing on promotion and relegation issues.

Down look good enough to beat Louth in Newry which would give James McCartan’s side a comfortable mid table spot. Bottom side Galway travel to Laois and will do well to get a result against the Leinster men.

Few Armagh supporters can remember a worse run of injuries sustained by an Orchard County team.

Armagh were treading the boards early this season and competed in The O Faiach Cup competition which was followed by a McKenna Cup run, the county, despite playing in horrible conditions, were unlucky to have lost to Down at The Athletic Grounds recently. Armagh’s record in Navan has been patchy over the years The Royals are difficult to beat on their home turf and are likely to bring out a big support for the visit of Paul Grimley’s side.