It sounds as if our injury crisis might be easing – the Mayo News (print and digital versions) has a bit of good news this morning on this issue. According to Mike Finnerty’s report in the paper, All-Star half-backs Lee Keegan and Colm Boyle are both expected to be fit to start on Sunday while Seamus O’Shea and Donal Vaughan – who have yet to feature at all this year – have returned to training and will also be available for selection. So too will Enda Varley who didn’t make the panel for the Tyrone game due to a knock.
It’s not all good news, though, as it seems that Ger Cafferkey might not be good to go for our first home league match this year. Ger has got hamstring trouble and it could well be that this game will come too soon for him.
I haven’t seen that Western People article that Digits mentioned where it’s being reported that Mikie Sweeney and Evan Regan are “odds-on” to join the senior panel in the coming weeks. With Kiltane’s adventures now well over, it’d make sense to get Mikie Sweeney back involved in the panel as soon as possible but the impending start of the U21 championship – where we’re down to face Roscommon in a tough preliminary round tie on 12th March – could well mean that Evan Regan continues to focus on that at least in the short-term.
By the way, the ref for Sunday will be Down’s Ciaran Branagan who is one of the newer officials on the roster. I’m 99.9% sure that he’s never reffed a senior match we’ve been involved in before now.