Limerick FCs Sean Russell, left, in action against Jason McGuinness, of St Pat's, in a Premier Division fixture at Richmond Park
IN-FORM Limerick FC have been dealt a major blow with confirmation that the experienced Sean Russell has been ruled out for the season due to injury.
Limerick FC confirmed this Friday that Russess sustained a cruciate knee injury in the Blues 2-0 victory over Athlone Town in the SSE Airtricity League at the Markets Field on Friday night.
Russell, son of former Limerick FC manager Martin, had been in impressive form for the Blues since re-joining the club last December.
Former UCD, Shelbourne and Longford Town man Russell originally joined Limerick at the beginning of the 2015 season that also saw the Blues relegated to the First Division in a play-off with Finn Harps,
The Dubliner re-joined the club two months into the 2016 season and made 21 appearances, including a starting berth in the EA Sports Cup final loss to St Patrick's Athletic.
In January 2017, Russell quit the League of Ireland to sign a contract at American side Louisville City. He then returned to sign with Drogheda United in July 2017.
In January of 2018, Russell, who can play as a central midfielder, left-back or left-winger, moved back to the US to sign for Atlantic City, before joining First Division side Galway Utd last August.
He then joined up with Tommy Barrett's Limerick FC squad before the start of this SSE Airtricity League First Division season.
There was some good news for Limerick FC this Friday, however, as the club confirmed that Rep of Ireland U21 player Will Fitzgerald is expected to be back training by the end of April.
Limerick will be looking to make it four league wins on the bounce tonight, Friday, when travelling to Eamonn Deacy Park to face Galway Utd, 7.45pm.
Limerick confirmed that Ed O'Dwyer and Andy Quaid miss out tonight with injury, while Kieran Hanlon remains a major doubt having missed training this week with knee trouble.