More or less definitely out of the London match it would appear are both Ronan McGarrity and Keith Higgins. Ronan was, according to the lads on gaaboard.com, seen hobbling round Ballina on crutches not all that long ago and although Mike doesn’t say he’ll be out for London, it’s difficult to see him being sufficiently fit and raring to go from the off in that one. Having once again put his body on the line for the hurlers, Keith has again come off second-best and his torn hamstring makes him an almost definite non-starter in Ruislip.
New captain Alan Dillon appears to be recovering well from his hamstring problem, though, so there’s a good chance he’ll be back for the London game. Others suffering ailments of some sort at the minute are Seamus O’Shea, Neil Douglas, the two Feeneys and Ger Cafferkey. Andy Moran came off in Ballagh’s match last weekend too but Mike says that this was just a precautionary move.
But it’s not all bad news. Both Donal Vaughan and Trevor Howley made comebacks for their respective clubs last weekend, with Donal lining out at midfield for Ballinrobe while Trevor came on as a sub for Knockmore against Burrishoole. Donal’s return obviously gives us an additional option in the half-backs but, in Keith’s absence, Trevor could well find that there’s a place for him in the starting team for Ruislip in the corner.
The first hints about what our formation might be for London should come this weekend in the challenge match with Antrim that takes place in Kiltimagh (throw-in 2.30 pm). I doubt, though, that we’ll hear anything in advance about what our line-up is going to be in Gilmartin Park on Sunday.