With most of today’s coverage focusing on yesterday’s All-Ireland club final, it’s easy enough to forget about the inter-county scene but with our League meeting with Dublin next up for us on Saturday week, the focus of attention will quickly switch back onto the county team before this and then.
The Mayo News today has, in this respect, some information on the injury front, including the extremely unwelcome news about Cathal Carolan’s cruciate injury. The unfortunate Crossmolina man suffered the injury in training on Tuesday night and it’ll keep him out of action for the rest of the year. ACL injuries are truly the curse of the modern day Gaelic footballer and Cathal joins a list of players currently laid low by the injury which includes Kerry’s Colm Cooper and Dublin’s Ciaran Kilkenny. All one can do, I guess, is to wish him all the best for a productive rehab and a speedy return to full fitness.
The same article has more positive news from James Horan about Chris Barrett and Andy Moran, both of whom were named as subs on Sunday’s match programme but neither of whom actually were on the bench at MacHale Park. James says that both players are “very close” to returning while he also confirmed that another long-term absentee – Alan Dillon – is now expected to be ready for a return to the fray “in the next two to three weeks”.
With the Castlebar lads also likely to return to the fold soon enough – I’d say we’re more likely to see them being ready for consideration for the Derry match in early April rather than the Dubs one – it looks as if James will soon have more or less a full strength squad to pick from. Given the good form shown by a number of players over the past three matches, James could face some real team selection dilemmas for this year’s final two League games. That, however, is a high-class kind of problem for us and long may it continue to be.