Our injury crisis has taken a decided lurch for the worse with the news that Michael Conroy is today undergoing surgery for a shoulder injury picked up in a club match last Sunday. In what is proving to be – from an inter-county perspective – the most damaging club league campaign in living memory, the Davitts man has become the third Mayo player to suffer a serious injury on club duty in recent weeks, with at least half a dozen others picking up knocks of some sort. I’m all for club matches not being pushed to the margins but the toll this bloody league campaign is exacting on the county panel is getting beyond a joke at this stage.
It was Mickey C himself who alerted the world to his impending appointment with the surgeon when he tweeted the following last night:
I understand that the recovery time is likely to be three months, which means that the earliest we can reasonably expect to see him back in action is the All-Ireland quarter-final stage. And that’s if we get that far: progress in the championship is something we can never take for granted at the best of times but with another key performer sidelined for the Connacht campaign, getting back to Croke Park in August is even less of a gimme for us now.
All we can do now, I guess, is wish Mickey all the best and hope that his surgery and rehab go according to plan.
In other news, @MayoGAA announced this morning that, with Galway’s withdrawal from this year’s Connacht Junior football championship, the only two counties left standing – ourselves and Sligo – will face off in the final, which has now been fixed as the curtain raiser to the senior clash with Galway at Salthill on May 19th.