The press briefing ahead of our All-Ireland semi-final was held in Ballina last night (the lads do like to get these events done and out of the way as quickly as possible) and, arising from this, there are a few quotes from James in today’s papers (Irish Independent, Irish Examiner). The main focus for the coverage in the papers is, however, backward-looking, concentrating as it does on the fallout from the Cork game, but the most interesting point I picked up from it relates to our upcoming All-Ireland semi-final against Kerry.
In particular, James was asked about the well-being of Cillian O’Connor – who was also in attendance at the press briefing, along with Lee Keegan and backroom man Ed Coughlan – and he confirmed that he’s okay. The papers say that Cillian suffered a calf injury in the latter stages of Sunday’s quarter-final, with the Indo quoting James as saying it was “nothing major” while de Paper says that James described it as “a bad knock” and added that he also had a touch of cramp. Both reports agree, though, that it’s nothing serious and that we’ve no other injury concerns ahead of the 24th.
As for all that other stuff in those pieces about Cork and Cuthbert and the non-handshake and all that … I dunno about the rest of you but as far as I’m concerned that’s simply of no interest anymore. The Cork match is in the past now and all that matters for us at this stage is being as well prepared as we can possibly be for Kerry. The news that we’re heading into the semi-final with a full deck is, then, a nice boost.