We hear a lot in all sports about injuries, usually in relation to star players.
But the loss of a top player to injury in a smaller county is significantly more costly than it would be to one of the top-tier teams, who have plenty of strength in depth.
Brendan Murphy is an outstanding footballer by any standard – and his role in the Carlow football team is absolutely critical. Former Kildare player Anthony Rainbow has just taken over as Carlow manager and he must be very disappointed to hear that Murphy – who in my opinion was worth an All Star in 2011 – suffered a serious injury while on duty with the Defence Forces and could miss most of the National League.
A major blow to Carlow's promotion hopes in Division 4.