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Mayo stars sidelined by knocks

Mayo stars sidelined by knocks

Keith Higgins faces race to be fit for London

Mike Finnerty

A TORN hamstring looks set to rule Keith Higgins out of Mayo’s Connacht championship opener against London on May 29.
The 26 years-old pulled up injured after only ten minutes of Mayo’s Christy Ring Cup hurling match against Wicklow last Saturday.
The dual player from Ballyhaunis had been sidelined for the previous two weeks with a hamstring injury. He now seems set to be out of action for at least a month after aggravating the problem last weekend.
Higgins was one of eight members of the county senior squad to sit out last Sunday’s club league games due to injury.
Among those on the treatment table was new Mayo football captain Alan Dillon.
The Ballintubber forward, who was announced as the team’s championship skipper last week, was sidelined with an ankle problem.
The 28 years-old is also likely to miss his club’s league match with Shrule/Glencorrib next Saturday and Mayo’s challenge outing against Antrim in Kiltimagh on Sunday (throw-in at 2.30pm).
On a much more positive note, Donal Vaughan and Trevor Howley both made their returns to competitive action last Sunday after long injury lay-offs.
Vaughan (22) lined out for Ballinrobe for the first time since last August and showed no ill-effects of his long-term groin problem which required surgery last Autumn. He played the entire game at midfield.
Howley, meanwhile, made a huge impact when he came off the bench for the final fifteen minutes of Knockmore’s league clash with Burrishoole.
The 25 years-old was playing competitively for the first time since injuring his ankle three months ago during the FBD Connacht League.
However, Breaffy’s Seamus O’Shea, Castlebar’s Neil Douglas, Alan Feeney and Richie Feeney, as well as Ballina duo Ronan McGarrity and Ger Cafferkey all missed their club’s league outings with a variety of aches and pains.
Elsewhere, vice-captain Andy Moran was taken off during the second half of Ballaghaderreen’s exciting drawn game with Castlebar as a precaution with a slight groin injury.