PAINFUL BLOW Mayo's Lee Keegan receives treatment after dislocating his shoulder against Tyrone in the National League last Sunday. Pic: Sportsfile
FORMER Footballer of the Year Lee Keegan is almost certain to miss Mayo’s first game in this year’s Connacht senior championship against Galway on May 13.
But Mayo captain Cillian O’Connor should be back in action in time to line out against the Tribesmen.
Keegan sustained a dislocated shoulder during the first half of Mayo’s defeat to Tyrone in the National League last Sunday after a heavy challenge from Padraig McNulty.
The Mayo News understands that Keegan — who had an MRI scan earlier this week — is not expected to have recovered and completed his rehab programme in time for Mayo’s first championship match in less than eight weeks.
However, Cillian O’Connor looks set to be available for selection for the Connacht championship derby match at MacHale Park, Castlebar.
The Ballintubber forward tore his hamstring in the early stages of last Sunday’s game against Tyrone, but The Mayo News understands that O’Connor should have recovered in time for the May 13 clash.
However, Mayo manager Stephen Rochford will have to plan without both players for next Sunday’s National League relegation battle against Donegal in Ballybofey (3pm).
He will also be without All Star defender Brendan Harrison and experienced utility player Donie Vaughan, who are still working their way back to match fitness.
But All Star Chris Barrett, who hasn’t played for Mayo since last year’s All-Ireland Final, may be involved against Donegal after lining out for his club last weekend.
Meanwhile, current Footballer of Year, Andy Moran, is not expected to face any further disciplinary action after being shown a black card during Mayo’s loss to Tyrone.
Moran was dismissed for remonstrating with referee, Maurice Deegan, after a decision had gone against him.