RTE reported yesterday evening that Keith Higgins had sustained a suspected broken hand earlier in the day while playing hurling for the county, in a Christy Ring match with Kerry (which, incidentally, we lost). The report implies that it’s still not certain if he has broken something and that the results of an x-ray were being awaited. However, no matter how you spin it, it doesn’t sound positive.
If he has broken a bone in his hand, it goes without saying that Keith would be an enormous loss to the squad. While he’s not without his critics (but then again, who on the Mayo team ever is?), Keith is clearly one of the most talented players we have and one we can ill afford to be without over the coming weeks. In light of our disastrous Salthill performance, there were always going to be some changes on the cards for the first round of the qualifiers but it now looks as if some enforced alterations will also be needed for our next outing on July 7th.