Concerns regarding the fitnessof Castlebar Celtic striker Gerry Hunt have been allayed ahead of the club’s most important fixture in six years.
Hoops joint manager Mark Togher revealed last night (Monday) the forceful marksman is available for selection for next Saturday’s FaI youths (Under 18) Cup final against Cork city side, Castleview, at Turner’s Cross, Cork (k.o. 3 p.m.).
Togher confirmed Hunt suffered a painful toe injury while playing a Gaelic football match for Breaffy Gaa Club.
“There was a bit of a scare but his doctor indicated the bruising will settle down over the coming days and he will be able to play with the help of painkillers. I am happy with the doctor’s prognosis.”
Togher, who manages the squad with Michael Kilcoyne, said there are no shortage of options in the unlikely event of Hunt’s injury deteriorating.
one of them is that he could be replaced by his young brother, 16-year-old Jason.
“The beauty of our squad is that it has quite a number of versatile players capable of playing in a number of different positions. It is a very positive position in which to be,” explained Togher.
One such player, Gary Walsh, is ruled out due to a calf injury that will keep him out of action for a few weeks. “It’s regrettable that Gary picked up his injury at this time but that’s the nature of football at times. He will travel with us to Cork on Friday as a member of the squad and will be a supportive influence,” said Togher.