It was back at the end of March, early in our National League match against Kildare at Páirc Seán MacDiarmada, that Brendan Harrison suffered what looked then to be a serious injury.
Although no confirmation of the Aghamore clubman’s situation has been forthcoming from Mayo GAA, in this week’s Mayo News Mike Finnerty has a piece (here) stating that it has now been confirmed that it’s a cruciate injury. Brendan has already undergone the necessary surgery to his left knee and he has now embarked on the long road to recovery.
The 2016 All-Star has had a luckless spell on this front in recent years. He picked up a bad knee injury in 2020 and only returned to the fray following that at the start of this year. To get sidelined again with such a serious problem is worse than cruel.
It also highlights, once again, the off-the-charts run we’ve had with bad injuries in recent years. Colm Boyle, Jason Doherty (twice) and Tommy Conroy have all been felled by cruciate injuries since 2019 and, of course, Tom Parsons suffered an even more serious knee injury back in 2018. In addition, Cillian O’Connor missed a full year with a ruptured Achilles tendon, after which he’s only now back in action.
Brendan has now, sadly, been added to the list of Mayo players sidelined for a significant period due to serious injury. As with all the other players who have had to go down this road, all we can do is wish him all the best for a full and speedy recovery. More widely, we can but hope that this dreadful run of serious injuries within the panel will finally come to an end at some point soon.