DFC | Kenny dismisses Mountney exit talk

Lilywhites boss says Twitter claims are ‘complete lies’

Dundalk FC’s John Mountney in action against Cork City earlier this season. PICTURE: CIARAN CULLIGAN

Speaking after his side’s 3–0 win over Limerick on Friday night, Dundalk FC manager Stephen Kenny hit back at speculation that John Mountney was set to leave the club for disciplinary reasons.

The Mayo man has missed Dundalk FC’s last three games and rumours were circulating in the build up to the game that Kenny had released the Mayo man.

Mountney, however, travelled to Limerick with the squad and an angry Kenny said afterwards that there was no truth in the claims.

“John is injured,” said Kenny. “He said there is something up on Twitter which is disgraceful and he is livid about it.

“John’s probably the nicest kid you’ve ever met. I don’t think I’ve ever had to discipline him about anything in all my time here.

“We’ll have our solicitors look at that (Twitter),” he added. “You can’t just do that and say that. That’s complete lies, that he has been internally disciplined. About what?”

A recurring injury has kept Mountney on the sidelines and Kenny said the 24-year-old was unlikely to feature before the mid-season break on June 5th.

“John has an osteo pubis injury which is very problematic,” stated Kenny. “He came back and played two games in four days recently — in the League Cup game against Waterford and against Shamrock Rovers — and he said he wasn’t right.

“It’s very hard to measure that injury. You have to rely on the player’s judgement and the physios and it looks like he is a couple of weeks off.”

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