The GAA held a media briefing thing at what looked like an utterly pristine Croke Park yesterday involving the four League semi-finalists and, as was the case last year, it was Cillian O’Connor who did the honours for us. (This time, by the way, he wore the no.12 jersey, last year he had the no.6 one on him).
The event produced plenty of handy copy – here are the resultant pieces in the Irish Independent, Irish Times and The Score – and as well as the usual fluff about pain, heartbreak and Croke Park (yawn), you’ll see that Cillian was also quizzed about the injury that forced him off early on last Sunday. He revealed that this problem is a new one and that it’s a glute injury (the glutes are, basically, the muscles in your ass – though Cillian was careful not to do a Forrest Gump on it when discussing them). He told the assorted newshounds yesterday that he’s due to have an MRI today to determine if there’s any tearing to the muscle in question.
In light of this, you’d have to say that Cillian may well not feature in the team that should be named later on tonight for Sunday’s semi-final. Nice and all as it would be to be able to front up to Derry’s A team on Sunday with our own equivalent, it wouldn’t make any sense to risk Cillian causing any further damage to the muscle, as this could potentially endanger his participation on more important battles over the summer. Caution might therefore suggest that it’d be better if the Ballintubber man sat this one out.