IT’S three weeks shy of Dublin’s Leinster SFC semi-final and Denis Bastick arrives at a promotional appearance on crutches.
A scan taken yesterday on an ankle he injured in Templeogue/Synge Street’s Dublin SFC defeat to Round Towers will ascertain the extent of the damage done and while Bastick is palpably eager not to make a big fuss over it all, he’s not entirely convincing either when he says “it should be fine”.
“I rolled my ankle there on Saturday playing with the club,” the veteran midfielder explains.
“I’m getting it looked at today. I should be okay I have been through worse than that now.
“I just had the crutches at home and it’s handy enough having a spare pair at home just to keep the weight off it.”
On the bright side, it’s not the same ankle he had continuous problems with around the time of the 2011 All-Ireland win.
And that’s pretty much it for bright sides.
His club, already having suffered the double and incalculable loss of Eoghan and Killian O’Gara, are loitering all-to-dangerously around relegation territory from the Dublin SFC as a result of Saturday’s loss.
Of more personal concern, Bastick started Dublin’s summer in Jim Gavin’s midfield and having made such a profound and sustained impact during the League, he had – and has – every right to be optimistic about continuing that particular arrangement right throughout.
“Everyone goes through their bad patches of getting hurt or knocks and stuff.
“So that’s the nature of the game and you just have to do what the medical team say and try and get yourself right.
“You want to start all the games.
“So the first one is always nice and you always like to think if you get in there and have a good start you are in with a good shout.
“But things change so much and especially over the last few years you’ve seen fellas start early on but not finish out and injuries and different things like that.
“And it’s a case of other guys have come in after the Leinster final stage and played for the remaining All-Ireland series.”
Kildare and Laois will joust again next Saturday for the spot against Dublin in the Leinster semi-final.
“I would have fancied Laois in the beginning,” Bastick admits.
“But Kildare put up a good performance and now it’s looking like Kildare are going in as favourites to the next one.”
“Either way, we’ll focus on us for now – we won’t get as long to prepare on who it is we have.
“But whoever it is,” Bastick concludes, “we’ll be ready.