This morning’s Irish Independent is reporting that Andy Moran could be in line for a return to action as an impact sub in our forthcoming Connacht championship clash with Galway at Salthill. I’d been hearing whispers to the same effect of late but the possibility of Andy playing some part in Salthill seems to have improved – “dramatically”, according to the Indo – following his taking part in the full warm-up ahead of last Saturday evening’s challenge match against Fermanagh.
Andy had originally targeted the start of April for his comeback so it’s no real surprise that he should be nearing a return to action at this stage. After all, it’s now more than nine months since that sickening injury occurred and such a recovery time from an ACL injury would be normal enough. If he’s named on the bench for Salthill – and I think there’s every chance that he will – then it’s got to be likely that he’ll play some part in proceedings before the seventy minutes are up.
That said, Andy’s return to action needs to be fairly carefully structured. There are a number of examples – Cork’s Colm O’Neill being just the most recent – of players rupturing the same ligament shortly after returning to action and the last thing anyone wants is for Andy to suffer this fate. A ten-minute cameo in Pearse Stadium, with the lads cruising to victory at that stage, is exactly the kind of impact appearance that Andy should ideally be making the next day, though whether or not we’ll have this kind of luxury on the day very much remains to be seen. I somehow doubt we will.
Still, it’s good to have some positive injury news to talk about for a change and it’s great to think that Andy could soon be back in the thick of it once more. At this rate, we might even get a summer this year too.