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Monaghan skipper McManus is juggling his injury woe

By Declan Bogue

Published 13/11/2015

Monaghan's Conor McManus
Monaghan's Conor McManus

Monaghan captain Conor McManus has revealed that he is putting off a hip operation to continue playing.

The Oriel County captain is currently preparing to face Australia in his fourth appearance for Ireland on November 21 and admits that the troublesome injury is something he will have to manage throughout the rest of his career.

"I had surgery on it before at the end of 2011 and it took me until the middle of 2012 to get back from it and to be honest it's not the kind of operation that when you get it done that's you fixed, there's a certain amount of rehab you have to do after it," he said at a press call for the International Rules event.

The Clontibret man feels that, at 27, the six months of rehabilitation work might not fall in his favour.

"It's a slow one to come back from to really get up to peak performance. That's what I found, it was probably a full year, 2012 was fairly okay on my end of things - it took until 2013 when I really felt back to myself. I'm not really looking at taking that time out again.

"It's just about managing it. There are times in training over the next 12 months where I'll have to step back and do rehab for a week or two and then get back into it. That's been the case for the last two years, Malachy (O'Rourke, manager) and Ryan Porter (trainer) have been excellent with me and very accommodating."

McManus was also able to report that although Monaghan have one of the more experienced panels in the game, there has been no word of any retirements from the likes of Paul Finlay, Dick Clerkin, Stephen Gollogly and Dessie Mone as they seek to defend their Ulster title in 2016.

"There are a couple of lads that have been with Monaghan for 14, 15 even 16 years - you couldn't blame them if they decided they'd had enough. But obviously there's been nothing yet. If those boys need until the end of January or February to make up their minds then so be it and come back in when the ground starts to harden up. Hopefully we'll have a full deck to choose from."

As captain, he revealed he had a quiet word with some players to stay on. He added: "From my point of view, I might be captain of the team but they have been playing a lot longer than I have. All I can tell them is how I feel and how the rest of the panel would feel.

"They have been playing long enough to know what's right for them and their families. They have to weigh everything up but hopefully when the decision is made, it will be a good one for Monaghan."

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