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Foot injury rules Kane out of Europa League tie

By Graham Luney

Coleraine have been rocked by the news that Lyndon Kane will miss their Europa League battles against Norwegian side Haugesund and he may also be ruled out of the start of the league season.

The 20-year-old sustained a broken metatarsal in a friendly match against Derry City on Saturday.

It's a huge blow to the defender who ignored the interest of other clubs to agree a three-year extension with Coleraine in May.

Kane's stunning form helped steer the north west side to a third-placed finish in the Danske Bank Premiership and to a place in the Tennent's Irish Cup Final but Linfield powered to a 3-0 victory.

Kane tweeted: "Not the news I wanted but one I'll bounce back from, broken metatarsal, be back in no time".

Boss Oran Kearney also backed his top talent to come back stronger from the foot injury but it's a huge blow to the side just days before their trip to Norway for a formidable challenge on the continent.

Kearney's men travel on Wednesday morning and will train that night at the match venue.

Haugesund are currently eighth in the Norwegian Tippeligaen, having qualified for Europe by finishing fourth in 2016.

Coleraine won the home friendly against an understrength Derry 1-0 thanks to a late goal by striker Eoin Bradley but Kane's injury left a bitter taste. His composure and class will be missed but striker Jamie McGonigle can still feel European fever.

"I'm gutted for Lyndon but he'll be back stronger," said McGonigle.

"The boss has made some good signings over the summer, bring in Josh Carson, Stephen O'Donnell and Aaron Traynor, so it was good for the new boys to get a run out as well. They've all settled in well."

Since his appearance in the Irish Cup final, McGonigle has managed to grab a quick three-day trip to Amsterdam before being called into the Northern Ireland Under-21 squad.

He added: "It was a great experience playing in Estonia. It think the team hadn't won in something like 13 games, so it was good to break that hoodoo."

Meanwhile, Cliftonville have confirmed that Caoimhín Bonner has left the north Belfast side.

The club commented on Twitter: 'We can confirm that Caoimhín Bonner has left the Club. All at Cliftonville wish him well in his future career.'

Institute have been linked with a move for the defender.

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