They never get it easy in Mayo that’s for sure.
Throughout their run to this year’s Allianz Football League title, newcomer, Matthew Ruane, had forged a blossoming partnership with his Breaffy clubmate, Aidan O’Shea.
Ruane was a colossus in the engine room for James Horan’s side. He was their best performer by a mile in their fourth round drubbing to Dublin and had two standout performances against Kerry in the penultimate round and the subsequent final victory.
However, the midfielder looks set to miss up to a month’s worth of action after a suffering a suspected broken collar bone.
According to the Connacht Telegraph, Ruane went down with the injury earlier this week in an A versus B game.
The Breaffy midfielder will definitely miss Mayo’s clash with Down next weekend in Round Two of the All-Ireland qualifier series. However, there is a silver lining in that both Seamus O’Shea and Donal Vaughan have returned to action meaning that James Horan has more options around the middle third.
It spells more bad news for Mayo fans and officials who were left furious this week with the news that their qualifier encounter with Down was scheduled for a 7 pm throw-in time in Newry’s, Páirc Esler.