Photo: Irish Mirror (Inpho)
The Mayo News is reporting today (paper and digital versions) that Cillian O’Connor appears likely to miss all of next year’s League campaign. The Ballintubber man recently had surgery on his knee – which has been giving him gip since March – and he’s been told to plan on a rehab of five to six months for it.
If all goes okay, he should be getting back into action sometime in April, which is plenty soon enough to have him in shape for next year’s championship. While it’s obviously a blow to be losing him for the entirety of the League campaign, it’s clearly a problem that needed sorting and this is the right time of the year to be doing it.
Cillian’s absence will also open the door for others next spring. Evan Regan never got going this year after that awful injury he suffered down in Killarney in February so he should be one of hopefully a number of players the new management will want to see in action for us early next year.
Best of luck to Cillian with his rehab over the coming months.