Dillon: There was no talk of my leg being chopped off but it was a nightmare injury
When Eamonn Dillon suffered a dead leg in Dublin training last year, he figured a bit of ice and rest would have him back to normal in no time, writes Michael Verney.
This was no regular injury, however, and the Naomh Fionnbarra attacker found himself in agony as the injury worsened, despite being laid up on the sidelines.
Working as an electrician and standing on his feet as part of his day job didn't help the matter either and 12 weeks later he was still out of action and in severe pain.
The 27-year-old admits that "there was no talk of getting my leg chopped off" - as was suggested to former Irish soccer international John O'Shea at one stage when he had a similar injury - but it ruined 2018.
"People were asking me, 'when are you back?' I was telling them I'll be back this weekend and then 12 weeks later, I'm still limping around. I couldn't lift my leg off the ground," Dillon said as Chadwicks confirmed their sponsorship of the Leinster GAA Club Hurling League.
"It was a big hard lump in the middle of my quad. It was mad. It was just crazy. I got my leg drained. I had to go into the Sports Surgery Clinic and get a needle put in to take the blood out.
"It swelled up again. I had to get an angiogram to see if there was a burst blood vessel. It wasn't that. It was a hard lump of blood under the skin.
"My quad went skinny because I wasn't using it. Even walking up the stairs, I couldn't lead with that leg because I had no power in it.
"It was just a nightmare, having to just let it take it course but luckily enough it came right in the end."
Dillon - one of the more interesting GAA players on Twitter - is back in flying form this year with two goals last weekend against Carlow and he's hoping that the Dubs can take down Galway on Saturday week in Parnell Park and earn qualification.
Dillon - better known as 'Trollier' after Eamonn Trollybus, a nickname for Éamonn MacThomáis, a 1970s TV and radio presenter - has no fear of the Tribesmen.
"You want to beat the best. If you'd said to us at the start of the year, we're playing Galway in Parnell Park and the winner takes all, I'd say 'lovely, bring it on.' If we do perform," he reasoned, "we'll be up there with any team in the country."