It’s been a news-free zone of late in relation to the Mayo Senior football panel, a situation that has caused frustration to journalists and supporters alike, not least given the fact that while it’s known some players have been out due to injury, there’s been no hard information at all on what the position is about individual players and how long they might be out for.
Michael Gallagher in this week’s Mayo News (paper and digital variants) has, though, succeeded in getting the first bit of proper news in a long time on this front and he got this new from Mayo GAA Secretary Dermot Butler.
The first item to report is that both Brendan Harrison and Jordan Flynn will definitely not be available for the Galway game. Dermot Butler confirmed as much to Michael, though it was, I thought, amusing that the Secretary prefaced this confirmation by saying “of course” they wouldn’t be fit to play on Sunday week.
Of course? Well, in the sense that, in Brendan’s case, the injury looked bad in real time while unconfirmed news about the damage to Jordan’s foot gained wide currency in the days after the League final. Up until today’s piece in the Mayo News, though, there was no official confirmation that the players were even injured and we still don’t know for sure what the nature of their injuries are. Of course, indeed.
The good news, though, is that they’re the only two players who are definitely ruled out of the Galway game. All the others are, according to Dermot Butler, “making progress” but there’s still no confirmation as to how many of the lads currently working their way back to fitness are likely to be okay for Sunday week.
On that score, Ger Flanagan revealed on our latest podcast (online already on Patreon and available on all other platforms tomorrow) that neither Diarmuid O’Connor nor Paddy Durcan have returned to full training as yet and are only expected to do so the week of the game. As a result, it remains to be seen if either of them will be fit and available for selection for the Galway match.
So, that’s the latest on player availability ahead of the start of the Championship. Hopefully, there’ll be more in the way of news on this front between now and Sunday week but I wouldn’t bet on that.