Jack McCaffrey in action against Monaghan in this year’s National League

It feels like Cruciate Ligament injuries have become such a regular occurrence in Gaelic Games with so many players suffering the problem.

And on All Ireland Final day for Dublin’s Senior Footballers this year, one of the panel’s most talented speedsters saw a premature end to his game, within the first 10 minutes.

Most Dublin fans will remember standing with their hands on their heads in disbelief, watching on as Jack McCaffrey hit the playing surface and looked like he wasn’t getting up. Thankfully he did but only to try jog on his injured leg, but to no avail.

“It was a funny injury, it was very sore initially but within 30 seconds it had improved hugely.” Jack told Hazel Nolan on Dublin’s FM104.

“I got a bit of hope then that maybe it wasn’t as bad as I first thought. I tried to jog on it for a bit but it quickly became apparent that I was headed for the bench.”

McCaffrey is thankful that the lads got the job done despite being disappointed that his contribution was cut short, and now concentrates, post-op, on his recovery.

In general, a normal recovery from such an operation is around six months and based on that time frame we would be hoping to see Jack back in action towards the end of the 2018 Allianz National football League. And Jack is being sensible about his decisions.

“I don’t know to be honest with you. This is my first experience of this kind of injury and it seems, from talking to a few people, that you just let it settle for the first two or three weeks after the operation.”

“Then you can start talking about dates, see where you’re at and how your body is reacting to it. I’ll start looking at it in a couple of weeks, it’s very individual but the first part of the year would be a write-off. After that I’ll look at getting back as soon as possible.”

Hear the full interview here on SoundCloud (via FM104)