Dundalk boss Stephen O’Donnell is sweating on the health of John Mountney forward of the beginning of the season in a bit of over 4 weeks’ time after he limped out of the facet’s return to motion in opposition to Shelbourne on Friday.
he Lilywhites performed a behind closed doorways pleasant in opposition to Damien Duff’s facet within the AUL, racing right into a two-goal lead by means of Keith Ward and new signing Cameron Elliott earlier than being pegged again within the second half at a time when lots of the U19 panel had been launched.
The outing was overshadowed, nonetheless, by what was described as a severe trying damage to Mountney, who needed to be withdrawn after taking place clutching his knee in an incident occurred at a time when he was not being challenged by an opposition participant.
The five-time league winner, who is because of flip 30 subsequent month, was because of bear a scan to find out the extent of the problem on Monday, with the result unknown on the time of going to print.
Dundalk will likely be hoping it’s not a reoccurrence of the cruciate knee ligament damage which he picked up whereas enjoying for St Patrick’s Athletic at Oriel Park in August 2021.
While Mountney, who first joined the Lilywhites beneath Seán McCaffrey in 2012, returned to the membership firstly of final season, he didn’t function till July 22 when he made a 14-minute cameo off the bench in opposition to Friday’s pleasant opponents Finn Harps.
The Mayo-native would go on to function in 9 of the membership’s remaining 10 league matches of the season, in addition to in all three of their FAI Cup ties, to assist him safe the choice on his contract to stay on the membership for this season.
Any prolonged absence would doubtless alter O’Donnell’s plans within the switch window. While new signing from Millwall, Hayden Muller, can play at right-back, Mountney had been seen as Dundalk’s doubtless first-choice possibility there this season following Lewis Macari’s return to Stoke City following his mortgage spell final season.