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Down star Caolan Mooney 'hopeful' of hospital discharge after Newry assault

The 26-year-old took to social media to post a picture of himself showing the bruising to his face had subsided

DOWN senior GAA player Caolan Mooney has said he is optimistic he will be discharged from hospital, a week after a late night assault saw him urgently admitted with bleeding on the brain.

The 26-year-old took to social media to post a picture of himself showing the bruising to his face had subsided and explaining he was expecting to be discharged after a final scan.

Doctors at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast were monitoring him closely as they waited for the bleed to stop.

"Feeling good today, washed my hair for the first time, head was grand drying, hopeful now get the scan later and will be allowed to go home after," he told followers on Twitter.

The Down footballer, who is a personal trainer, was at Merchant's Quay in Newry, outside the Canal Court Hotel, when he suffered the head injuries at around 2.30am on Monday December 30.

His brother Patrick (32), who had returned from the US to spend Christmas in Newry for the first family reunion in nine years, suffered a broken nose.

Two men have been charged in connection with the assaults.

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