Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Bradley given go-ahead to return

Derry star Paddy Bradley has been given the green light to return to football by a knee specialist.

The 2007 All Star has been cleared for action after suffering his second cruciate knee ligament injury in 18 months last September.

The Glenullin man injured his left knee while training with his club after he had already missed the entire 2011 campaign with Derry when he damaged his right knee.

Paddy's brother Eoin suffered a similar injury, but he recovered and he is part of the Derry squad that travels to Croke Park on Sunday to take on Westmeath in the NFL Division 2 final.

Bradley revealed recently that he had yet to be contacted by new Oak Leaf manager Brian McIver, but the former Donegal boss has left the door open for him to return.

"If and when Paddy is up and playing really, really well for the club, as with anybody else ... if somebody is playing really well, we will look at them," stressed McIver.

Meanwhile the prospect of a rare honour looms for the Derry captain Mark Lynch when the Oak Leafs confront Westmeath in the Allianz League Division Two final on Sunday yet fate could yet deal him a cruel hand literally and metaphorically.

For it's a hand injury that has kept 27-year-old Lynch out of the side since March 16.

In the interim, Derry have secured their place in Division One for next year – ironically, through beating already-promoted Westmeath on Sunday week last – but relish the prospect of overcoming the midland side again on Sunday.

Manager McIlver said: "It is important that all the players who start on Sunday will be in top physical condition."

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