Ciaran Whelan is among The Sunday Game's best analysts, so his absence from the programme over the last couple of weeks has been conspicuous. The reason for his absence was elucidated upon by Michael Lyster at half-time of the Leinster football final last Sunday: Lyster threw to an ad break by wishing Whelan well, revealing that he has been convalescing in hospital following a leg injury.
The exact nature of that leg injury has been elaborated upon by Whelan today, writing in his column for The Herald. It was more serious than many would have assumed: Whelan was hospitalised with a severe "sepsis" in his leg, another term for infection, which became "very serious".
Here's how he describes his ordeal:
I had a strange pain in the back of my leg that made me uneasy, though, and a few days later, was admitted by ambulance to Beaumount Hospital.
After a few pretty hairy days, I was diagnosed as having a severe sepsis in my left leg.
The infection spread to the rest of my body through my blood stream and truthfully, it got very serious.
The last couple of weeks have been an uneasy blur but I know now that I’m lucky I was strong enough to fight it off.
It’s a scary, scary thing.
Thankfully he has made a full recovery and has had time to review the games he missed while lying on a hospital bed, and you can read his full column here.