Knee injury rules McCarron out for Monaghan
By Cian O’Connell
Monaghan manager Seamus McEnaney has confirmed that Jack McCarron will miss the remainder of 2020 due to a knee injury.
McEnaney is hopeful that the talented Monaghan forward will be available for action in 2021, but the Farney boss confirmed that McCarron is the only significant absentee presently.
“We would hope that we would have him prepared and ready to go for the start of the National Football League next year,” McEnaney commented.
“The rest of my squad is all okay bar niggly injuries, for instance Colin Walshe is just back from a hamstring injury with the club. He came on with the club last weekend.
“We would have loved to have got him another two weeks, but the club scenario is the club scenario. Apart from that we have no other problems thank God.”
McCarron’s loss is a setback, though, considering his enterprising form in the early rounds of the Allianz Football League.
“I'm very disappointed for him, through the National Football League early on in the spring before the lockdown he was going really well for us,” McEnaney added.
“He was going really well in the games he played in and he was going really well in training before the Kerry match.
“Genuinely I'm very disappointed for the lad, he puts in such a huge effort, he lives his life around football and football is his life. It is a setback, but as I said to him the morning after he got a bit of work done his recovery starts now and we will get him ready for next spring.”
Monaghan boss McEnaney has monitored club action with real interest in recent weeks ahead of the return to inter-county training in a fortnight.
“Listen we told the lads in a zoom meeting after we were locked down that we would pick our panel for this year's Championship, and the likelihood for the next 14 months really from this year's Championship, and who is performing well,” McEnaney stated.
“We were quite impressed with some good younger players who were with us, they had an impact with their clubs. I'll give you an example and Truagh are gone from the Championship, James McKenna performed really well for Truagh and he is a chap we will certainly have a look at.
“Some of our minors from the 2017 Ulster winning team performed really well for their clubs. They are lads we are looking at, Jack Doogan was very impressive with Magheracloone last week on a man to man job. We have three or four lads to freshen the thing up.”
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