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Injuries hit Mayo hard

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Injuries hit Mayo hard


Mike Finnerty

ALL Star defender Keith Higgins and midfielder Barry Moran are both out of Mayo’s decisive Allianz National Football League clash with Cork next Sunday in Pairc Ui Chaoimh at 3pm.
It has emerged that Higgins suffered a torn hamstring against Donegal last Sunday week, while Moran twisted his ankle and his knee when falling awkwardly after only three minutes of Castlebar’s Mayo SFL clash with Breaffy last Sunday.
He is due to undergo a scan later this week to assess his injuries further and to ascertain what ligament damage, if any, has been done.
Aghamore’s Cathal Freeman will also be unavailable for selection for Mayo for at least the next six weeks after breaking his collar-bone while lining out with his club in a league game last weekend against Ballyhaunis.
Meanwhile, Donal Vaughan (shoulder) and Tom Cunniffe (achilles) could also be out of next weekend’s match in Cork after missing their respective clubs’ games on Sunday due to their injuries.
Both players are understood to be ‘doubtful’ for Mayo’s crunch match but Jason Doherty, who also sat out Burrishoole’s league game on Sunday with a groin injury, should be available for selection.
Alan Dillon, who hasn’t started for the county since last September’s All-Ireland Final, may be named among the Mayo subs next weekend but Andy Moran is still working towards his return against Galway on May 19.
Moran has not played for his club Ballaghaderreen or Mayo since tearing his cruciate knee ligament against Down in the All-Ireland SFC quarter-final last August.
Meanwhile, Ballintubber’s Danny Geraghty has also been sidelined for the foreseeable future after tearing ankle ligaments in a training session recently.
Last year’s Mayo U-21 captain has had surgery on the injury and is likely to be out of action for both club and county until early summer.  
Mayo need to win next Sunday’s game to avoid being relegated from the top flight of the National Football League for the first time since 1998.
Depending on results elsewhere, a victory could also see Mayo qualify for the semi-finals by finishing in fourth place behind Dublin, Tyrone and Kildare.