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Mayo squad is hit by injuries

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Injuries change Mayo’s plans

Mike Finnerty

THE Mayo senior football panel is now unlikely to be trimmed before the start of the Connacht Championship as a number of squad members have picked up injuries.
It emerged last night that Mickey Conroy (Achilles tendon) has joined Evan Regan (broken collarbone), Cillian O’Connor (knee ligament) and Chris Barrett (foot) on the injured list — just six weeks before Mayo’s championship opener on June 14.
As a result of the injuries to forwards Regan and Conroy, Crossmolina’s Conor Loftus has been called up to the Mayo squad after impressing team management on the recent training camp in Portugal.
The 19 year-old, who is a student in Dublin, is expected to train with his new Mayo senior team-mates this week.
Mayo GAA Board PRO Aiden McLoughlin also confirmed last night (Monday) that Jason Gibbons (hamstring) and Darren McHugh (broken bone in his foot) ‘were not part of the panel at the moment’ due to their respective injuries.
However, McLoughlin stressed that the squad remained ‘open ended’ and that any players showing good form for their clubs ‘would be considered’ for a call-up by senior management.
It is hoped that injured duo Chris Barrett and Cillian O’Connor will return to full training ‘in the next two to three weeks’ according to the PRO.
Evan Regan broke his collar-bone for the second time in less than twelve weeks last Tuesday night during a Mayo training session in Bekan.
The Ballina Stephenites attacker had only returned to full ‘contact’ training a week earlier during Mayo’s training camp.
Meanwhile, Mickey Conroy is expected to be sidelined for at least four weeks as he receives treatment for a troublesome Achilles tendon injury that has dogged the Davitts forward in recent months.

THROW-IN TIME
Elsewhere, the Connacht GAA Council have confirmed that Mayo’s provincial semi-final against Galway/Leitrim/New York on Sunday, June 14 will throw in at 4pm.
The Connacht Final will also have a 4pm throw-in time.