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Mayo ready for acid test


Injured defenders will know tonight if they’ll face Kerry

Mike Finnerty

INJURED Mayo duo Trevor Mortimer and Peadar Gardiner will both undergo fitness tests tonight (Tuesday) in an effort to prove that they are ready to play some part in next Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final against Kerry.
The pair have been receiving daily treatment for the last week on their respective quad muscle and hamstring injuries, but James Horan admitted last night that the chances of them recovering in time for Sunday are ‘tight’.
“If they train on Tuesday then that’s a good sign for the weekend,” the Mayo manager told The Mayo News. Westport’s Lee Keegan is believed to be on standby if Mortimer fails to recover in time
Mayo are selecting their team after training tomorrow night, and it is expected to be released to the general public on Wednesday.
The Mayo News understands that Jason Doherty is pushing hard for inclusion at the expense of Enda Varley while Alan Feeney, who picked up a knock to his ankle over the weekend, may also come into the reckoning for a place in the defence.
David Clarke, who damaged knee ligaments nine days ago in a club game and is due to undergo a scan on the injury this week, is almost certainly out of contention for a place on the bench. Kenneth O’Malley, who trained with Mayo last weekend, is expected to be the new reserve goalkeeper.
Meanwhile, competition for places among the match-day replacements has also intensified with Trevor Howley, Neil Douglas and Jason Gibbons all in the frame for a spot among the eleven substitutes.
The Mayo squad trained last Friday in Castlebar before convening in Westport on Saturday evening for a team meeting. They also played out a very competitive ‘A’ v ‘B’ game on Sunday morning.
“Sometimes Mayo teams have a tendency to look at the strength of the opposition but we’ve been looking at our areas of strength,” said James Horan
“Against Cork, I think we only played well for 50 minutes really so we need to push that out for 70 minutes. If we do, and play with the intensity that we did, plus a bit more, we’ll be very competitive.”



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