Easter, and Lent with it, is now behind us, April has begun and the longest winter since the woolly mammoth stalked the earth may at last be on the wane. The long evenings are back, there’s bright, brilliant sunshine up here in the capital this morning but the wind still has a bit of a glacial tinge to it so we might not be out of those particular woods just yet.
And a quick perusal of the media wouldn’t exactly fill a man full of the joys of spring either this morning with various organs reporting on our current injury worries. The Irish Independent, Irish Examiner and RTÉ all carry confirmation that Barry Moran and Keith Higgins are definitely out of Sunday’s crunch league match with Cork down at Páirc Uí Chaoimh (throw-in 3pm). The latter two also report that Jason Doherty is now a doubt as well and both confirm that Cathal Freeman – who probably wouldn’t have featured on Sunday in any event but did start our first two league games this year – broke his collar bone on Sunday and so will be out for a fair while.
That Indo report has a few quotes from James who confirms that Barry is suffering from ligament damage, of both the knee and ankle according to RTÉ (which is also what I heard), and says that he could be out for “three to four weeks” (four to six is what I’m hearing, which would make him doubtful for Salthill). While James confirms that Keith will rest up this weekend he also states that the Ballyhaunis flyer “should be back soon after that”. Here’s hoping.
I’ve no idea what’s ailing Jason but it sounds like some kind of knock that will hopefully resolve itself before Sunday. With Barry and Keith definitely out of the reckoning for next weekend we could do without any other withdrawals.
But we shouldn’t be blubbering into our beer either about injury curses and the like. Injuries happen all the time, to all teams, and like everyone else we’ve just got to get on with it. Our opponents on Sunday will be missing former All-Star Colm O’Neill who the other week sickeningly did his cruciate for a third time and they also have three other class forwards – Ciaran Sheehan, Paddy Kelly and Donncha O’Connor – out injured at the minute. So while we’re heading into this important clash without a few of our key players it’s important to bear in mind that Cork have their own problems in this department as well.