MAYO manager Stephen Rochford has confirmed that at least four of the team that started last September’s All-Ireland SFC Final defeat to Dublin will miss some, if not all, of the National League which begins at the end of this month.
As reported in last week’s Mayo News, Lee Keegan (hip) is expected to miss the entire NFL campaign, Chris Barrett (knee) will sit out at least the first four games, and Donie Vaughan (hip) is also set to miss a large chunk of the competition.
However, Rochford also told reporters last Sunday that a knee injury will sideline Seamie O’Shea for ‘the majority, if not all’ of Mayo’s seven games this spring.
The Mayo News understands that a number of other Mayo players are also due to have injuries assessed when the 2017 championship squad return to Ireland from the team holiday in Malaysia tomorrow (Wednesday).
Mayo begin their NFL Division 1 campaign away to Monaghan on Sunday, January 27 in Castleblayney.
MEANWHILE, in the wake of last Sunday’s postponed FBD Connacht League game against Galway, Mayo will now play three matches in five days this week with Stephen Rochford expected to run the rule over as many players as possible.
The hectic schedule begins tomorrow evening (Wednesday) when Mayo entertain Leitrim in Castlebar (7pm) before Galway return to MacHale Park on Friday evening (7.30pm) for the refixed match which was postponed on Sunday due to a frozen pitch.
Mayo will then travel to Roscommon next Sunday to face the Connacht champions at Dr Hyde Park at 2pm.
All those members of Mayo’s 2017 championship squad who are not carrying injuries are expected to be considered for selection for the games against Galway and Roscommon.
Stephen Rochford confirmed on Sunday that he will be finalising his panel for the National League at the end of this month.