The news every Mayo fan feared following Jason Doherty’s departure from the field of play last Saturday night on a motorised stretcher has now been confirmed. Mayo GAA issued a statement a short while ago (here) stating that Jason’s injury is an anterior cruciate ligament one.
The recovery time for an ACL injury is measured in months. It could take up to a year but, with a fair wind, it could be a good deal shorter than this. Championship next year would seem to be a reasonable target to aim at.
Needless to say, the news comes as a huge blow to the team and, in particular, to Jason himself. John Casey mentioned on the Mayo News football podcast a while back how highly James Horan rates the Burrishoole man and it’s no coincidence that he’s one of a very select group of players to have started every League and Championship match for us this year.
We’ll miss Doc’s under-rated but hugely influential contribution to the cause at Croke Park on Saturday. It’s a ground where he always tends to perform well and his absence from the team for this clash with Dublin weakens us, for sure it does.
As ever, though, it’s a setback we simply have to deal with and move on. We’ve a big squad and this unfortunate development opens the door for someone else. That’s the way it is in team sports.
I know Mayo fans everywhere will join me in wishing Jason all the best. Here’s hoping his rehab and recovery go according to schedule and that Doc will be back flying fit once again in 2020.