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Keegan will be fit to face Kerry

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A LIGHTER MOMENTMayo manager Stephen Rochford with Lee Keegan ahead of yesterday’s All-Ireland quarter-final replay. Pic: Sportsfile

Mike Finnerty


FOOTBALLER of the Year Lee Keegan missed Mayo’s landslide All-Ireland SFC quarter-final replay win over Roscommon yesterday (Monday), but he will be fit for the semi-final against Kerry on Sunday week next.
That was the good news coming from the Mayo camp at Croke Park yesterday evening as they prepared to leave for home following their remarkable 22-points victory over the Connacht champions.
Keegan, who spent time in hospital last week being treated for what was believed to be an infection in his leg, was unable to line out against Roscommon as a consequence.
It was the first time in six years that the four-time All Star hadn’t played any part in a Mayo championship game.
The Westport clubman was togged out and took part in the pre-match warm-up, but The Mayo News understands that he was unable to prove that he was fully ‘match fit’ during what was effectively a fitness test.
Consequently, Mayo’s medical team felt the wisest course of action for the player would be to keep him in reserve.
In his absence, Mayo raced into an early lead and were never in any danger of losing the game, so Keegan was an unused substitute.
“Lee would have been available if needed going into the final 20 or 25 minutes,” Mayo manager Stephen Rochford explained afterwards. “He had made a really, really good recovery so it’s an opportunity to acknowledge our own medical team, and the medical team in Mayo General Hospital, for the good work they did with him.
“At 100 per cent, Lee would have been available [to play] probably tomorrow or, if not, definitely Wednesday.”
Mayo were reporting no other injury worries after yesterday’s game, and they will return to training later this week to begin preparations for their seventh successive All-Ireland SFC semi-final.

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