Dundalk have been left sweating on the health of goalkeeper Nathan Shepperd after he left the bottom on a stretcher following Friday evening’s 1-0 defeat to Drogheda United at Head within the Game Park.
he Welsh U21 worldwide completed the sport in some discomfort after struggling a heavy fall late on however nonetheless managed to disclaim Darragh Nugent in stoppage time.
When the adrenaline wore off afterwards, the 21-year-old was in such ache that he was unable to stroll throughout the street to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. This led to him being stretchered from the bottom through an extended route by Order of Malta personnel whereas nonetheless in his full package.
After being assessed later that evening, preliminary stories advised that Shepperd – whose mother and father have been in attendance on the sport – had not suffered a break. However, the pre-season signing from Brentford B was as a consequence of endure one other scan on Tuesday to find out the total extent of his harm.
Regardless of what the end result of that’s, Shepperd is sort of sure to overlook this Friday’s journey to face St Patrick’s Athletic at Richmond Park the place Stephen O’Donnell’s facet will probably be trying to keep away from the membership’s first back-to-back defeats since dropping twice on the Inchicore venue within the Cup and league throughout the house of three days final October.
That will see Peter Cherrie, who completed final season in targets, begin his first aggressive sport of 2022 with one other 21-year-old, Mark Byrne, who made 13 appearances for Warrenpoint Town within the Danske Bank Premiership in 2019/’20, set to be promoted to the bench.
While Cherrie – a title-winner with Dundalk in 2014 – is an ready deputy, the Lilywhites is not going to wish to be with out Shepperd for any size of time. The teen – who has performed in each minute of each sport up to now this yr – has been one of many finds of the season so far with 10 clear sheets in 22 outings and two Player of the Month awards from The 1903 Dundalk FC Supporters’ Club.