A few of you have already mentioned that piece by Colm Keys in the Irish Independent this morning (which is here) confirming that Lee Keegan has opted for immediate surgery to deal with the dislocated shoulder injury he picked up last Sunday.
Going this route will clearly add to the time Lee’s out of action this summer. Realistically it means – regardless of whether or not we go via the front door or the scenic route – we’re unlikely to see him again until the Super Eights. That’s, of course, assuming we get that far. I’m not saying we won’t, by the way, I’m merely stating the obvious that, given the path ahead of us, we’ve no guarantee either that we will.
Lee’s decision to go for surgery undoubtedly makes sense. If a shoulder dislocates once it’s very likely it’ll pop again and, as I said the other day, every time he takes the field you can be sure that whoever he comes up against will be very quick to test it. Given this, opting for the long-term fix is clearly the best way to go.
All we can do now is wish him all the best and hope everything goes smoothly both in relation to the procedure itself and his rehab. All the best on both fronts, Leeroy.
Losing the 2016 Footballer of the Year is, for sure, an enormous blow for us but it’s one we simply have to suck up and get on with. A player like Lee is, literally, irreplaceable but it’s up to others now to stand up and lead the charge.
That piece by Colm Keys, by the way, include a welcome hint that Keith Higgins could be back in the fold for the Galway game in May. According to that report, he’s not going to feature on Sunday – that, to be honest, was always a long-shot – but it’ll be great to have him back for the championship.