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Injured Ronan Clarke improves 'slightly'

By John Campbell

Published 17/08/2015

Head wound: Ronan Clarke was rushed to hospital
Head wound: Ronan Clarke was rushed to hospital

Former Armagh 2002 All-Ireland winner Ronan Clarke is understood to have "improved slightly" in Craigavon Area Hospital having been rushed there after taking ill in the wake of his club's Pearse Og match in the Armagh senior championship against Maghery on Friday night.

It is believed that 32-year-old Clarke's head struck an upright during the game and, although he played on after receiving treatment, it was only afterwards that the severity of his injury became apparent.

Clarke, crowned Young Player of the Year in 2002 and awarded coveted All-Stars in 2006 and 2008, had only recently come back into the Pearse Og side following a protracted lay-off due to injury.

He made an enormous contribution to Armagh's success in 2002 and had latterly been assisting his club having returned to full fitness. An Achilles injury ended his county career five years ago.

Clarke had just returned from the first leg of his honeymoon to Malta with his new wife Michelle and the couple had been expected to fly out to Rome yesterday.

Messages of support, including many from his Pearse Og club and former county colleagues, have been flooding into the Clarke family home in Armagh city and to Craigavon Area Hospital where doctors are expected to carry out a detailed assessment of the player's condition today.

His father Adrian is a former manager of Pearse Og, while his brothers Conor and Sean are prominent players with the club.

Meanwhile, nominations for the post of Derry football manager close tonight. Former Monaghan manager Seamus McEnaney is understood to be in the frame.

Derry ladies football side lost by 2-8 to 0-6 in the All-Ireland Junior Championship to Lancashire, who meet Louth in the semi-finals.

In the All-Ireland Minor 'B' Hurling Championship Kerry overcame Down 2-22 to 3-19.

Kerry will now meet Roscommon in the semi-finals.

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