The prospects of Down skipper Ambrose Rogers lining out against Kildare in the All Ireland football semi-final at Croke Park on Sunday week appear to be receding.
While he is undergoing daily physiotherapy for the partial tear to his cruciate ligament injury sustained in the quarter-final win over Kerry, time is not on the side of Rogers as he battles to make the cut for Down’s biggest game of the year.
Manager James McCartan, clearly not relishing the prospect of having to amend his engine-room for the Headquarters showdown, is still clinging to hope, though.
“We want to give Ambrose every chance to make it and we will be guided by the medical people,” says McCartan.
The feeling is that Rogers may now be an absentee against Kildare although should Down manage to win this game there is optimism that he could be ready for the All Ireland final against either Dublin or Cork on Sunday, September 19.
Rogers has been no stranger to injury in the past and has set his heart on leading Down to what would be the sixth All Ireland title in their history.
“I want to be part of the side against Kildare, but time will tell. I am obviously working with the physios at the moment and we will see how things go,” says Rogers.