Disaster strikes again.
Hot on the heels of Mattie Ruane’s broken collarbone, which ruled the young Breaffy midfielder out of action for the summer, comes confirmation this morning that captain Diarmuid O’Connor has also suffered a season-ending injury. The captain broke his wrist in training last night and won’t play for us again this year.
The parallels with last summer are now looking deeply ominous. Once we’d lost both Tom Parsons and Seamus O’Shea – both in the heat of action on the field of play – our hopes of progression in the Championship last year were fatally undermined. It’s hard to view the loss of Mattie and now Diarmuid in any kinder light.
The difference, of course, this year is that both players got injured on the training ground and both suffered broken bones. For this to happen once, as the saying goes, might be considered unfortunate but for two players to be felled in this way in such a short space of time has to raise serious questions about what the hell we’re doing in these sessions, not least given the catalogue of other injuries that have occurred in training so far this year.
That, however, is one best parked until our Championship run this year is over. While we’ve no option but to stumble on as best we can, it’s now hard to avoid the conclusion that the end awaiting us this summer could be a whole lot closer than even the pessimists among us might have imagined it would be.
Best wishes to Diarmuid and here’s hoping his recovery goes smoothly and swiftly.