The Mayo News reported a bit earlier on today (here) that the scans done on Keith Higgins and Kevin Keane have confirmed the injuries both of them sustained in last Sunday’s FBD match against Roscommon. As a result, both are facing a period on the sidelines.
In Keith’s case it’s not clear how long he’ll be out for. He’s suffered what’s been termed as “medial collateral damage” to his left knee and no likely return date has been given. We could, I suspect, be looking at an extended period out of action for last year’s skipper.
The news in relation to Kevin is a bit more definite. He has what’s been described as ‘a slight tear on his shoulder rotator cuff’ (which I have to say sounds bloody painful) and he’s expected to be out for 4-5 weeks. This means he’ll definitely be unavailable for the Cork and Dublin games but he might be back in time to face Donegal at the end of next month.
The long and the short of it, then, is that we’ll need to plan without both of these experienced players for the early part of the year. Such is life, I guess.
In other news, Maurice Deegan has been confirmed as the ref for the Cork game. In line with one of my New Year resolutions I’m refusing to get drawn into any pre-match complaints about match officials so I’ll say no more about this appointment. Control the controllables and all that.