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Bad news to be confirming to dampen down the mood on a nice Monday morning but the Western People (paper and digital variants) is reporting today that All-Star defender Brendan Harrison suffered a hamstring tear in a recent challenge match with Meath. The injury will almost certainly rule him out of the Sligo game in two weeks time and, if we get over that hurdle, there’s every danger that he won’t be fit for the Galway match next month either.
According to that report in the Western, the match in which the Aghamore man suffered the injury took place just before the recent Bank Holiday weekend. The recovery time, standard for hamstring injuries, is being put at “between four and six weeks” – exactly how long depends obviously on how bad the tear was and how quickly he recovers from it.
To make matters worse, the Western also states in that report that Brendan’s possibly deputy – Castlebar’s Donie Newcombe – is also sidelined with hamstring trouble at the minute. Donie is, though, expected to be back in action shortly so chances are he will, if needed, be able to line out against Sligo in two weeks time. If he does, it’d mean at least one championship debutant for us in that fixture.