The Connaught Telegraph has reported today (here) that the injury Colm Boyle suffered in the Dublin game last weekend is a serious one. It’s virtually certain that it’s sufficiently grim to ensure that the Davitts man will not be fit to play for the county again this year.
That report above and this one in The 42 says that the injury is a dreaded cruciate one. After today’s game against Meath, James wasn’t in a position to confirm if it is an ACL one but he did acknowledge in that piece in The 42 that it’s “a bad knee injury”. Mayo GAA stated the same on Twitter after the game.
Following today’s game James Horan confirmed All Star defender Colm Boyler suffered a bad knee injury last weekend against Dublin & he is already working hard with the medical team on his rehab. #mayogaa #gaa— Mayo GAA (@MayoGAA) February 9, 2020
We’ll need to wait to see if the injury is as bad as has been mooted but my understanding is that it is. An ACL rupture takes 6-12 months to recover from and so, even on the most optimistic possible timeframe, that means Colm’s inter-county football year is already over.
It’s a desperately sad development for a player who has never given anything but his absolute best in the county jersey and who, in the autumn of his career, had shown an undimmed appetite for action. All we can do now is to wish Boyler well in his rehab and hope we see him back in the Green and Red once more.