Following Armagh's defeat to Cavan in the Ulster semi-final replay, there was concern for Jarlath Og Burns who was taken to hospital shortly after being substituted in extra time. It had been reported he was still suffering the effects of a head injury suffered last week and left Clones in an ambulance.
Today Armagh GAA released a statement confirming that Burns was discharged from hospital shortly after arriving and returned home last night, and he will be assessed by their medical team in the coming days. While the official statement made no mention of the details of Burns' condition, former Armagh forward Oisin McConville has now shed some light on the situation.
Speaking on RTE's Morning Ireland, McConville explained that Burns had been suffering from dehydration and was taken to hospital as a precaution.
Yesterday was nothing to do with concussion. He was dehydrated, he was exhausted. He was on a drip in the dressing room and he was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure. I believe he’s doing fine. As far as concussion is concerned, the two incidents weren't related in any way.
The initial concern regarding Burns' condition was related to a head injury he picked up in the first semi-final match with Cavan last week, where a suspected concussion meant that he couldn't return to play for a seven day period to meet the GAA protocol regarding brain injuries.
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"The first game it was alleged or suspected concussion and they went through the protocols – if in doubt, sit it out and that’s what Armagh did," explained McConville.
Armagh have now been paired with Monaghan in the second round of the All-Ireland qualifiers on the weekend of 23rd June and given the form that Burns has shown this season, they will be hopeful that there are no further injury concerns for the midfielder ahead of that clash.