The central defender suffered the knee injury while attempting to make a clearance on the line during the first half of the game and had to be stretchered off the pitch. Examinations last week confirmed the extent of the injury which will require surgery and considerable rehabilitation time.
The loss of such a key player comes after a difficult start to the season for City, not helped by injuries to several first team regulars. Noonan had been a stalwart in the defence while personnel changed around him, with his impressive performances earning him Player of the Month honours for both August and September. His absence will be a blow to manager Marty Rice’s plans, and everyone at the club wishes Dara a full and speedy recovery.