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Ankle break rules Donegal wing-back Eoin Ban Gallagher out for the rest of the season

Eoghan Ban Gallagher on the attack against Tyrone in the Ulster semi-final. Picture Seamus Loughran.
Andy Watters

DONEGAL wing-back Eoin Ban Gallagher will miss the rest of the season after breaking his ankle.

The ever-present Killybegs star suffered the injury in a training accident on Wednesday night and will now have to sit out the remainder of a campaign.

He was a key member of Declan Bonner's side throughout a League campaign that began with victory over Cork and ended with promotion and a two-point success in the Croke Park final against Meath.

Gallagher also lined out for Ulster University in their Sigerson Cup campaign that came to an abrupt conclusion against NUIG at the quarter-final stage. In the Championship, his pace and class from the half-forward line were important weapons in the win over Fermanagh and he sliced through the Tyrone defence to set up Jamie Brennan's crucial goal in the semi-final victory over Tyrone at Kingspan Breffni Park.

Gallagher landed a point in the Ulster final win against Cavan and made his 12th appearance of the season in the Super 8 victory over Meath last Sunday.

The injury is a cruel blow for the affable wing-back and Donegal will certainly miss him. Their season continues with Sunday's clash with All-Ireland semi-final rivals Kerry at Croke Park and the list of possible replacements for Gallagher will include Eoin McHugh.

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