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First-Team Medical Update

COLERAINE manager Oran Kearney provides a medical update for six players in the first-team squad…

Lyndon Kane

“Lyndon broke his 5th metatarsal bone against Derry City after landing on it awkwardly.

“We carried out our own research and know it’s a slow healer. We could have let it heal naturally in a cast, but there’s no guarantee that it will fully heal.

“He has had an operation and is currently in an air boot. With his age and future we will make sure he is well looked after.

“We won’t rush him, but realistically I don’t expect to have him back until October/November.”

James McLaughlin

“James has suffered cruciate and medial ligament damage after an impact tackle against Portadown.

“It is currently swollen, so we will wait two or three weeks before he has an operation.

“James’ aim will be ready for next pre-season. We are devastated for him as a club as I know what he is going through.

“It is all about rehab work and he will be well managed by Alan Millar, Dr Peter Reid and Chris Gregg.

David Kee

“David has suffered an irritation of the knee after playing with it last season.

“It was recommended that he had keyhole surgery to tidy the knee up and that was completed yesterday.

“He should hopefully be back by the middle of September and will work with Alan and Peter in his recovery.

“Credit must go to the club for submitting paperwork quickly for his operation and it’s all about milestones as he comes back.”

Gareth McConaghie

“Gareth hurt his back at work and played with it towards the tail end of the season.

“It recovered well over the close season, but flared up again on our first session back.

“Gareth isn’t training yet, but is undergoing rehab and we hope to get him back as soon as it heals.”

Ian Parkhill

“Parky has been sore since he was on the receiving end of a bad tackle against Bangor.

“It was initially a pelvis problem, but has since spread to his back.

“He has a few aches and pains, but we hope to get it settled over the next few sessions.”

Matthew Kirk

“Matthew got hit on the ribs for Northern Ireland on Saturday.

“We will probably send him for an X-Ray to make sure everything is fine.”