Mayo GAA issued a very brief statement earlier in the week (here) providing an update on the squad and, in particular, the status of a few players who are sidelined with injury at present.
The first point to note is that collective training has now restarted for the senior squad. That’s the one tangible benefit to be gained from being ejected so early from the championship and being back out together on the training ground in mid-November marks a fairly significant departure from the last few years.
This year it was the middle of January before the lads, just off the plane from their holliers, started back at it so this means that there’ll be two additional months of hard pounding put in before next year’s competitive action gets underway. You’d have to think that this should help us to get going with a bit more purpose right from the off in 2019.
There’s been no official confirmation as yet of a current squad list, nor, by the way, do I believe there’s any imperative for such a list to be published. Certainly not at this point in time.
The statement does, though, confirm that four members of the panel are out injured right now. Three of them – Cian Hanley, Fionn McDonagh and Tom Parsons – all have knee problems of some sort, while Ryan O’Donoghue has ankle trouble, an injury that saw his miss Belmullet’s recent Connacht IFC defeat to An Spidéal. All four have undergone surgery, in Tom’s case more than once as his long rehab continues.
Our first outing under the new management team takes place on Sunday, 6th January away to Leitrim in the preliminary round of the FBD League. Our first competitive fixture for 2019 is the NFL Division One opening round clash with Roscommon at MacHale Park on Saturday, 26th January, where throw-in is 7pm.
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