- Monday March 28th, 2011 @ 12:50
INJURY CONCERNS EASE BUT KENNA FACING LAYOFF
St Patrick's Athletic manager Pete Mahon's injury worries have eased ahead of Friday's televised game with Bohemians at Richmond Park (kick off 7.35 pm)
However, Saints' captain Conor Kenna is set to miss the next six weeks with a knee injury.
The Saints' player of the year last season had a scan on the injury last Thursday which showed a torn tendon under his knee cap.
Saints' boss Mahon told STPATSFC.COM that while Kenna will be a loss that the scan had shone some light on the injury:
"It's a funny injury that is more of an old man's injury for want of a better term.
"We were unsure what was causing the discomfort and we felt it may have been a tear at the bottom of Conor's thigh muscle.
"The scan showed this injury up and it would be a very uncommon injury for a young footballer to get.
"There is always a worry when you don't know what has caused an injury but at least we know now and we can look forward to having Conor back in six weeks."
Mahon has had better news with regards to his other walking wounded and hopes that Kenna will be his only absentee come Friday.
"Brian Shortall had a scan on Thursday also that showed no problem with his ankle injury. He made the bench for the Dundalk game and will come into contention for Friday.
"Ian Daly has had a hip injury but we're hoping he will resume light training tonight and we'll see how he gets on over the week.
"Daryl Kavanagh resumed light training yesterday and will step things up another notch today and again we're hopeful he'll be available for selection on Friday.
"Everybody else trained yesterday apart from Shane McFaul and Stephen Bradley.
"Shane had stitches and suffered concussion on Friday but he'll be ok while Stephen had a new arrival to the family over the weekend so was allowed some time off.
"It's looking a bit better for us on the injury front and it's just as well because the next two games against Bohemians and Sligo are huge games for us.