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Ronan Curtis has surgery to save finger after freak door injury

Ronan Curtis in his Derry days
Ronan Curtis in his Derry days

By Adam McKendry

Former Derry City striker Ronan Curtis has undergone surgery to save one of his fingers after trapping it in a door earlier this week.

Curtis, 22, missed current club Portsmouth's 3-2 win over Walsall on Tuesday after suffering the injury, which has turned out to be far more serious than first thought.

The Republic of Ireland international was supposed to play in that game but instead had to go to hospital, where it was recommended that he have plastic surgery to repair the damage.

As a result, Curtis will be out for six weeks and is expected to be withdrawn from the Irish squad for their upcoming European qualifiers against Gibraltar and Georgia.

"It was quite a bad injury, his finger had to be sewn back on after part of it was hanging off," said manager Kenny Jackett.

"It will be painful for him with that sort of injury. The plastic surgeon has done a very good job to help but he will see a specialist on Friday and hopefully he can go from strength to strength.

"We've been in touch with the Republic of Ireland people and told them of the situation."

Curtis has been in good form for Pompey this season, scoring 12 goals in 42 games.

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