Maher Receives Injury Boost
Dundalk FC midfielder Stephen Maher has been boosted by the news that he does not require surgery, after a meeting with Republic of Ireland doctor Alan Byrne in Dublin on Friday morning. Maher suffered torn groin muscles, with manager Ian Foster stating on Wednesday that he feared the 23-year-old would have to go under the knife. However, he received an injection with a steroid into the groin on Friday morning, which is expected to rule him out for between 4-6 weeks.
“Stephen has been to see a consultant this morning,” Foster, who attended the meeting with Maher, told dundalkfc.com on Friday afternoon. “On his advice, Stephen is not going to require surgery, which is fantastic news for us. However, he has injected Stephen with a steroid into the groin, and hopefully that will cure the problem that Stephen is having. The timeframe of Stephen’s return is somewhere between 4-6 weeks. Obviously, there is an awful lot of football involved in those 4-6 weeks from now. That’s disappointing, but hopefully this is the end to the situation and it will cure Stephen’s groin problem.
“The injection is not there to mask anything or hide anything,” Foster added. “It’s there to heal and to fix the problem. We’re hoping that is exactly what it does. Stephen will begin his rehabilitation programme in the next 7-10 days after his rest period, and then the aim will be to get him as fit as possible, get him back on the pitch and get him playing in a first-team shirt for Dundalk. It’s disappointing both for myself and Stephen, but hopefully, like I say, this is the end to the problems that he’s had. We assumed he would need surgery, but he has had the injection this morning so that rules him out now from this morning, for the next 4-6 weeks.
“I spoke with the consultant at length and I understood his reasoning for not wanting to go down the surgical route,” Ian continued. “The reason I went with Stephen is because I’m concerned for him. It has been going on now since July last year and we need an end to it. I’m pleased with what the consultant has said, I’m pleased he has given him the injection straight away, and that we can see light at the end of the tunnel now. There will be a 7-10 day period of complete rest to let the steroid take affect, and then he’ll begin his rehabilitation process thereafter. We believe it will take up to four weeks to get Stephen back on the pitch. If we have to go the full six weeks the most important thing is that Stephen is 100 percent ready and right, and that when he comes back he’s back for the rest of the season.”