Cruciate could spell end for Derry Footballer Bradley

Derry star Paddy Bradley may be forced to call time on his career after suffering a second cruciate ligament injury in just 18 months. The 31 year old sustained the injury last week and was told on Monday that he would require an operation next month to repair the damage.

However Bradley is uncertain whether he has the stomach to face into the grueling rehab schedule so soon after completing the punishing regime with his other knee. Bradley recovered in time for Derry’s league campaign, having suffered the first injury in April last year but the Glenullin forward doesn’t know if he can go through it all again.

“I know it’s possible for me to return, even for next year’s Ulster championship, but only if I do everything right. Whether I have the drive for that, I just can’t say right now,” he told the Irish Independent.

Bradley fitted his rehabilitation around his job as a teacher but the demands of his profession and family life mean that the former All Star may not have the time required to heal the injury correctly
“I did everything right with my rehabilitation the last time. It can turn your life upside down. I was in the gym most mornings before I went to school. But now I have two children and I have changed teaching jobs, which has given me more responsibility. I can’t really say if I can give my recovery everything required to be back to where I was,” he added.

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