Clashmore-Kinsalebeg’s Tadhg de Burca is set for a long spell on the sidelines. Photos: Noel Browne/Inpho.
Waterford defender Tadhg de Búrca has suffered a cruciate ligament injury.
De Búrca had to leave the field 15 minutes into Clashmore-Kinsalebeg’s Western IHC quarter-final clash with Cappoquin last Saturday afternoon.
Waterford Sport understands a scan later revealed that he has damaged his ACL.
Clashmore-Kinsalebeg won the game 2-15 to 0-12 but De Burca’s injury has cast a huge cloud on the victory.
A week previously, he’d helped the club’s footballers into the last eight Waterford SFC, starring in an extra-time defeat of Kilmacthomas.
Last year he broke his collarbone in a Munster clash against Clare.
With the Clashmore man likely to be on the sidelines for anything up to nine months it will be a big blow for whoever is chosen to replace Paraic Fanning as Waterford senior hurling boss.