Okay, time to turn the focus away from the introspection and onto this coming weekend’s Round 5 League meeting with Cavan. I’ll do a proper piece, time permitting, on this one tomorrow but the local papers have some info on personnel availability which is worth sharing now.
Both the Western People yesterday (paper and digital variants) and today’s Mayo News (here) confirm that injured quartet Aidan and Seamus O’Shea, Ger Cafferkey and more recent casualty Jason Doherty will play no part in this weekend’s match. On the plus side, none of the players who were involved in Croke Park have picked up any injuries so all of the match-day 26 from then, as well as a number of others, will be available for selection for the weekend.
The local papers have some conflicting news, by the way, on when we can expect to see the long-term absentees back in action. In yesterday’s Western it was reported that neither the two O’Sheas nor Ger Cafferkey have as yet returned to full training. Stephen Rochford is, however, quoted in the Mayo News saying, in relation to Aidan and Seamie, that “they should be ready for the Tyrone match on Sunday week”. Stephen was, though, understandably less forthcoming about when Ger might be back, saying “when it’s right, it’s right is the way we’re looking at it”.
The upcoming Connacht U21 semi-final against Galway, which is fixed for Saturday week, shouldn’t, by the way, impact on player availability this weekend. It definitely will, though, for the Tyrone match the Sunday after.
Eoin O’Donoghue, who featured prominently for us in the match against Kerry in Tralee, is still eligible for the U21s so almost certainly won’t be available for senior duty in Healy Park. Moreover, if Mike Solan’s lads surmount that difficult opening hurdle in Tuam Eoin will most likely then be ruled out of the Donegal match as well, given that the Connacht U21 final is down for decision the day before we’re due to play that Round 7 League game.