The Mayo News has a report on what’s happening in relation to injuries within the squad ahead of the showdown with Galway on Sunday week. Which do you want first – the good news or the bad news? Oh go on then, we’ve had such an amount of doom and gloom lately, let’s start with the positive stuff.
Ronan is back (that’s the good bit) but I’d say (here’s the not-so-good bit) there isn’t much chance that he’ll be ready to line out against Galway, given his obvious lack of match fitness. I see that Sean Rice concurs on this point. It’s good to have Ronan back, though, and he’ll be a good option to have on the bench.
Other good news concerns the return of Keith Higgins who, having recovered from the torn hamstring he pulled at the end of the league campaign, will almost certainly start the next day. (The bad news is that he’ll surely do so at corner-back but let’s leave that one alone today).
Neil Douglas, Seamus O’Shea and Enda Varley all came through their respective club championship games in one piece and so it looks as if all of them will be available for selection for Sunday week. I can’t see any of this trio making the first fifteen, though.
Also in the good news section is the report that long-term absentee Pat Harte (who has been out of action for ages with a cruciate injury) played – by all accounts with a heavily strapped-up knee – for Ballina last weekend. Pat hasn’t featured for the county since the start of the James Horan era but he may get a call-up to the squad for the McHale Park clash. Conor Mortimer must also be coming close enough to a return to full fitness but it’s likely to be next month before he’s back (by which time we could be anywhere, including sitting on the sidelines ’till the FBD comes round again).
Okay, that’s enough of the happy clappy good news – here’s the not-so-good stuff. Ger Cafferkey remains out with his hamstring problem and recent panel returnee Dermot Geraghty also has the same trouble (which the Mayo News describes as a ‘tweak’). It’s not clear if he’ll be okay for Galway and Trevor Howley (knee ligament) is also in the doubtful camp, though I’d say his place on the team must already be under scrutiny given the less than successful tactic of using him as a sweeper in the London game.
Despite our mounting injuries in the backs, Cathal Hallinan has been released from the panel (wasn’t he just called up again ahead of the London game?). Cathal was in and out of the team during the league but he seems to have fallen down the pecking order since then so I guess it’s not a huge surprise that he’s been let go for now.
Other recent injury news concerns our opponents on Sunday week, with Sean Armstrong having yet again pulled his hamstring which means that he’s definitely out of contention for the game. Michael Meehan won’t start either from what I’m hearing but he is back in training so, no more than Ronan, we could see the Caltra man on the pitch before the seventy miñutes are up.
In other news, there’s an interview with Andy Moran on Joe.ie where he talks about various things including players using Twitter, the match against Galway and the championship structure. And that’s about it for now, I reckon.