THE Mayo senior football squad returned to training last Wednesday evening in Athlone and will find out next Monday morning (May 28) who their opponents will be in the first round of the All-Ireland SFC Qualifiers on Saturday, June 9.
Mayo also trained last Saturday in Castlebar as their focus switched from the disappointment of losing to Galway on to the challenge of being ready for their third successive run at the Qualifiers.
Stephen Rochford’s squad are facing the possibility of playing seven matches in the space of nine weeks if they’re to qualify for their eighth successive All-Ireland SFC semi-final on the weekend of August 11/12.
Among Mayo’s possible opponents in their first round Qualifier match next month are Tyrone, Cavan, Armagh, Offaly, Wexford, Waterford and Limerick. The remainder of their other possible first round opponents will become known next weekend.
If Mayo are drawn against Division 3 or Division 4 league opposition, they will automatically concede home advantage under the GAA Championship rules.
Tom Parsons update
MEANWHILE, injured Mayo midfielder Tom Parsons is not expected to have further surgery on his injured left knee until later this summer after undergoing an operation to repair the first of three torn cruciate ligaments last Saturday.
The Mayo News understands that the Charlestown clubman also suffered significant damage to his calf muscle as well as dislocating his knee after colliding with Galway’s Eoghan Kerin during the second half of last Sunday week’s Connacht SFC quarter-final.
Mayo GAA issued a statement yesterday (Monday) with an update on his recovery.
‘On Saturday, Tom Parsons underwent the first part of two stages of surgery to repair his damaged knee structure. In the coming weeks and months, further specialist opinion, surgery and rehabilitation will follow.
‘Tom remains upbeat and positive and is extremely grateful for all the kind messages of support he has received from GAA colleagues, opponents and followers all over the world.
‘He will continue to receive the best possible care and support during his recovery process and all involved with Mayo GAA wish him all the best during this time.’