The Mayo News has some good news to report on player availability for Saturday evening’s NFL Division One clash against Dublin at Croke Park (throw-in 7pm), which means that James Horan should have plenty of options to choose from when settling on a starting fifteen for this one.
Andy Moran, who missed the last two matches with shoulder ligament trouble, is fit and ready to go again and so too is Chris Barrett, who has been out all year with a knee problem but who took a full part in training last Friday. The returning Castlebar Mitchels trio of Tom Cunniffe, Barry Moran and Richie Feeney also made it to training on Friday and all three are also available for selection for Saturday night.
That same report states that Colm Boyle, Jason Gibbons and Cillian O’Connor all sat out Friday’s session because of minor knocks and bruises but the three of them are all expected to be fit to play on Saturday night as well. Assuming they are, then I’d say it’s very likely we’ll see an unchanged team – or one close to it – being named to face the All-Ireland champions. Sean Rice in his column reckons that Brendan Harrison and Shane McHale are the two players most under pressure but he reckons that, despite this, James well may be minded to start both of them at Croke Park.