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Lurgan footballer (11) in Spanish hospital after kidney injury

By Cate McCurry

The parents of an 11-year-old Lurgan boy who suffered a serious kidney injury during a football match in Spain flew out to be at his hospital bedside last night.

Shea Murphy, an under-12 player with Lurgan Town Football Club (LTFC), was taking part in the Barcelona Cup when the incident happened.

It's understood the schoolboy collided with a player from an opposing team when he suffered the injury on Saturday.

He was rushed to hospital where it was discovered he had a fractured - or torn - kidney.

The chairman of LTFC said that everyone is wishing the talented goalkeeper a speedy recovery.

Nigel Johnston said that Shea joined the team some three years ago.

"He flew out with all of his teammates on Friday from Dublin airport," he said.

"Shea played in his first game on Saturday, but it was during the second game that he collided with a player from the opposing team. We sent out a total of six teams to take part in the Barcelona Cup as part of the Easter break."

His parents were last night at his bedside in hospital as the youngster undergoes further tests.

A message on the team's Facebook page wished the boy a speedy recovery.

"All at Lurgan Town send their love and best wishes to U12 player Shea Murphy who suffered a fractured kidney whilst representing the club in the Barcelona Cup," the post said.

"Shea is having to spend some time in hospital in Spain until he is strong enough to travel home.

"You are in our thoughts young man and we can't wait to see you back on the field again."

Pictures of the schoolboy in hospital were shared on the club's website.

A smiling Shea gave the camera a 'thumbs-up' while surrounded by monitors.

Dozens of well-wishers took to social media as news of the incident emerged.

One friend said: "Best wishes for a speedy recovery from all at Lurgan Rugby and Cricket Club."

Another friend said: "Get well soon wee man.

"We hope to see you back in nets soon."

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