Photo: Irish Times (Inpho)
It won’t surprise anyone to hear that Lee Keegan has now been ruled out of Saturday evening’s Division One clash with Dublin at MacHale Park (throw-in 7pm). Malachy Clerkin has a piece in today’s Irish Times (here) on the concussion incident – which, by the way, is well worth reading in full – and in it he confirms that Lee definitely won’t be playing any part in Saturday evening’s match. Proper order, you’d have to admit.
Discussion on the incident continues to rumble on today – there are also pieces about it in the Irish Independent (here and here) and the Irish Examiner – and the clear consensus from all this was that management (at Dr Sean Moffatt’s insistence, according to Malachy Clerkin in that piece linked above) were right to admit publicly that they’d erred in not taking Lee off sooner. At least we got something right on Sunday.
Lee’s unlikely to be the only absentee on Saturday night either. According to this week’s Mayo News (paper and digital variants) both Kevin McLoughlin and Mikey Sweeney picked up hamstring injuries at Páirc Uí Rinn (in fact, Kevin came into the match with a hamstring issue) and while neither of them have been definitively ruled out of the Dublin game at this stage, they’re both on the doubtful list.
In better news, the Mayo News is reporting today that Alan Freeman is available for the first time this year. Keith Higgins might be okay for Saturday evening too but the emphasis there is on the ‘might’ – caution should surely be the watchword in relation to Keith as there’s nothing to be gained by rushing him back and risking his incurring a more serious injury.
I’ve no idea when we’ll be naming the team to face Dublin. I doubt very much, given our outsized list of those currently injured or unavailable, if it’ll be any time before Friday night and it could be as late as an hour or two before the match throws in.
In other news, the death of Fr Peter Quinn has got coverage in the nationals today too – Irish Times, Irish Examiner. The best piece I’ve read so far, though, on his passing was Seán Rice’s eloquent tribute in the Mayo News. It’s worth picking up a copy of this week’s paper for that alone.
PS: Just realised that yesterday was the blog’s ninth birthday. A bit like myself in real life, though, it’s easy enough to be forgetful of birthdays at this stage.
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