INTERVIEW Injured Mayo midfielder Tom Parsons spoke to The Mayo News Football Podcast after last Saturday's game. Pic: Sportsfile
INJURED Mayo midfielder Tom Parsons believes last Saturday’s victory over Tipperary in a sweltering Semple Stadium will have have taken its toll on his team-mates, and says ‘recovery is going to be a big one’ ahead of Saturday’s clash with Kildare.
Speaking exclusively to The Mayo News Football Podcast after last Saturday’s victory in Thurles, Parsons – who received another rapturous round of applause from Mayo supporters as he took his seat before the game – believes that the extreme heat and Tipperary’s style of play meant Mayo players also covered more ground.
“I would say that distance-wise covered on the pitch, a big pitch, hard ground, hot, the players would probably have covered an extra kilometre or two today,” he said.
“And Tipperary were a light team [full of] running, so recovery is going to be a big one.
“Tomorrow [Sunday] guys will definitely get into the pool, ice baths, maybe a little bit on the spin bike to get the legs moving and maybe get a little bit of physio to flush it out.”
The Charlestown man revealed that he is doing ‘four to five hours’ of rehab every day on his injured left knee and will be out of work ‘for a few months’ as he recovers from the serious injury sustained in Mayo’s Connacht SFC quarter-final defeat to Galway last month.
He also explained that Mayo S&C coach Barry Solan will tailor training this week for individual players around the demands that last Saturday’s game placed on them.
Parsons also acknowledged the loss of Seamus O’Shea to injury for the coming weeks, and said that while the loss of the first-choice midfield partnership leaves a gaping-hole to be filled, a number of players are ready to step up.
“I thought Diarmuid O’Connor did really well,” he said. “And Danny Kirby as well, I’m a big believer in him. He’ll have to step up now too with Seamie O’Shea getting injured.
“Getting a win on the road is great, but there are learnings to take from it.
“If we didn’t get that goal, would we have won? It would have been tight. It would have gone right down to the wire.
“Qualifiers are difficult games, and everyone wants a bite at the bigger team, the Monaghans, Tyrones, Mayos. And nobody is going to give you an inch.”
Parsons’ final words with Mayo News Football Podcast hosts Rob Murphy and John Gunnigan were on the loyal and boisterous Mayo fans.
“The supporters are incredible” he declared.