As is so often the case over the course of a Championship campaign, we’ve an evolving story with injuries right now so it’s worthwhile setting out what’s known at this point about where we stand on that front.
Speaking to the Mayo News after the Louth game on Sunday (here), Kevin McStay revealed that all-time Championship top scorer Cillian O’Connor “could have almost played” in that game but that the the medical team’s advice was “he’s not quite there yet.” Mike remarked on the Mayo Football Podcast match review show (available on Patreon – here) that he’d been told Cillian was “95%” okay to play last Sunday so the chances of his being included in the match-day 26 for Cork must be good.
Cillian’s brother Diarmuid was a notable absentee from the team on Sunday and it’s been fairly widely accepted post-game that the dip in the team’s performance was at least in part due to Diarmuid not being on the field. Billy Joe Padden covers this point really well on the review pod.
In his post-match comments, Kevin McStay was keen to downplay the issue that kept Diarmuid out of the team last Sunday, describing it as just a “knock”, adding that it’s “not too serious” and “not a long-term thing.” That sounds promising enough as regards his involvement the next day.
The news isn’t as positive with the luckless Eoghan McLaughlin who, as Mike reports in this week’s Mayo News (paper and digital variants), has broken a bone in his hand. Because of this he’s not expected to be available for selection for the Cork game.
Two other players who were in the match-day 26 for the Kerry game but didn’t feature in the panel for Louth were Knockmore’s Kevin McLoughlin and Darren McHale. Mike confirmed on the match review pod that injury was the reason for their absence but there’s no more news on either apart from that.
The other two players currently working their way back to fitness – who were mentioned by Kevin McStay in the update he provided last month – are Rory Brickenden and Brendan Harrison. There’s no further news on either of them but Kevin did say then that both were expected to be back in action by the end of May so hopefully that timeframe hasn’t slipped since then.