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Parsons showing ‘positivity’ after injury


GET WELL SOON, TOM Mayo midfielder Tom Parsons is pictured kicking a point against Galway in last Sunday’s Connacht SFC quarter-final.
He suffered a serious knee injury later in the game. The Mayo News wishes Tom a speedy recovery. Pic: Ray Ryan

Mike Finnerty

MAYO midfielder Tom Parsons has responded to his serious knee injury with ‘positivity of the highest order’ according to former Mayo footballer John Casey.
Parsons (30) dislocated his left knee and did significant damage to that area of his leg during the second half of last Sunday’s Connacht SFC quarter-final defeat to Galway in Castlebar.
The incident occurred as the Charlestown clubman moved in to challenge Galway’s Eoghan Kerin, who was in possession of the ball at the time.
Parsons was treated on the field by Dr Seán Moffatt (head of the Mayo senior medical team) before being brought by ambulance to Mayo University Hospital in Castlebar on Sunday evening for treatment. He was then transferred to University Hospital Galway later that night.
John Casey, who is a friend and club-mate of Tom Parsons, told RTÉ News last night (Monday) that the injury ‘was a devastating blow for Mayo, to lose such an influential player.”
“His leg is stabilised at the moment,” explained Casey. “But again, positivity of the highest order … I mean, a message he sent to me today says that he fully expects to be back in a green-and-red jersey.
“So, that’s fantastic. I mean, such a positive attitude …”
The Mayo News understands that further assessment will be carried out on the injured knee in the coming days by specialists, while Parsons will also undergo a series of x-rays and scans over the next 24 hours to determine the full extent of the damage.
Initial reports suggest that the former Ireland International Rules player will miss the rest of this season, but the situation will only become clear later this week.
“Tom has been such a huge influential player” said RTE Radio GAA analyst John Casey.
“I mean, he keeps himself in such pristine condition. He’s the workhorse. He’s the athleticism around the middle of the field. He’s your go-to man for getting the ball in the air.
“So, now with Mayo facing into the qualifiers again this season, it’s going to be a long, hard road again.”

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