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Down's Owen McCabe suffers broken jaw in accidental collision in defeat to Mayo

Down's Owen McCabe in action against Donegal's Michael Langan. Pic Philip Walsh.
Diarmuid Pepper

Down's Owen McCabe has suffered a broken jaw in his team's defeat to Mayo in the second round of the All-Ireland qualifiers.

An accidental on-field collision is thought to have caused the painful jaw injury.

McCabe plays for Carryduff GFC, and the team confirmed the news via their Twitter feed.

In a tweet, a Carryduff spokesperson said: “We would like to wish Owen McCabe a speedy recovery after he left the field of play today for the Down footballers due to a broken jaw.”

It is thought that McCabe could be out of match action for around two months as a result of the injury he sustained in Down’s five-point defeat at the hands of Mayo in Páirc Esler on Saturday night.

Several Down football clubs got in touch with Carryduff via twitter to extend their sympathies to McCabe.

McCabe was one of 13 Championship debutants for Down this year, and his injury at the weekend is a disappointing end to his first campaign with the Mourne County senior team.

However, Carryduff are confident that McCabe will soon be back on the field after his breakthrough campaign with the Down senior team: “We hope to see him back in the purple and yellow soon for our push for promotion and tackling the Senior Championship.”

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