Cillian O’Connor, since 2019 the all-time top scorer in the football Championship, has had a frustrating time of it this year, only seeing action intermittently off the bench.
The Ballintubber man’s most recent cameo for the county came in the defeat to Roscommon back in April, where he joined the fray as a second half substitute and kicked an outrageous point into the Albany end. Since then, however, he’s been sidelined and he didn’t feature in the match-day 26 for either the Kerry game or the Louth game.
After the latter match, Kevin McStay stated that Cillian was “could have almost played” in that one. Assuming that assessment was accurate, it could well have been the case that a decision was made not to risk Cillian in that game and instead to give him a few more weeks of recovery time.
On the Cork preview episode of the Mayo Football Podcast, which went online today on Patreon and is hosted by Mike, featuring Colm Boyle and Mick Foley of the Sunday Times, the subject of Cillian’s fitness comes up. Mike mentions on the pod that the expectation is that Cillian will be back in the panel for Sunday so it’s fair to say that all eyes will be on Friday’s panel announcement to see if he is.
Mike also confirms on the pod that Brendan Harrison played a full sixty minutes for Aghamore at the weekend so his rehab would appear to be on track as well. While Brendan is unlikely to be in the running for a match-day panel place this coming weekend, it’s still great to have a player of his experience back in the saddle once again, just as the serious stuff is about to start.
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