PIC: Cork fella suffers gruesome-looking eye injury during football game 3 years ago

PIC: Cork fella suffers gruesome-looking eye injury during football game

Thankfully, it hasn't affected his eyesight...

One of the cruelest things that can happen to a young GAA player is to have their summer robbed through an injury.

Cruciate and ankle ligament injuries have become more prevalent in recent years, and can result in long periods on the sideline for players as well as months of gruelling rehabilitation.

While this injury probably won't require months of rehab, it's certainly not for the faint-hearted.

We spotted this image doing the rounds online of Emmet Riordan, who suffered a nasty eye/cheekbone injury in a minor football game.

He was playing with his club Ballyhooly in Cork, when he went to ground and a player on the opposition team came in with a fairy bad tackle.

When contacted by JOE, Emmet was unsure whether he was hit with a knee or an elbow, but the player received a straight red card for his tackle.

Emmet required a trip to hospital after the collision where he received 10 stitches between the cuts above and below his eye, while the doctors are unsure whether his cheekbone is cracked or fractured yet.

But Emmet was in good spirits as he revealed that he wasn't too pushed over the whole thing because there's no problems with his eyesight resulting from the injury.

They make them tough down in Cork...