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Mayo duo facing spell on the sidelines


SIDELINED Mayo's Keith Higgins is pictured leaving the field after injuring his knee against Roscommon during the FBD Connacht League in Castlebar last Sunday. Pic: Sportsfile

Scans show extent of damage to Mayo duo

Mike Finnerty

SCANS have confirmed that Mayo defenders Keith Higgins and Kevin Keane are facing some time on the sidelines after picking up injuries in last Sunday’s FBD Connacht League defeat to Roscommon.
Both players underwent scans on Wednesday, which were then reviewed by the head of the Mayo senior football squad’s medical team, Dr Seán Moffatt.
The Mayo News has learned that All Star defender Keith Higgins sustained some ‘medial collateral damage’ to his left knee that will ‘require further assessment’ with the Mayo medical team over the coming days.
No ‘return to play date’ will be decided for Higgins until after that assessment, but he seems highly unlikely to be available for either of Mayo’s opening two National League games.
Meanwhile, it’s also been confirmed that Kevin Keane sustained ‘a slight tear on his shoulder rotator cuff’ during the first half of last Sunday’s game.
The Westport defender will be sidelined for 4-5 weeks, ruling him out of Mayo’s upcoming matches with Cork and Dublin.
It remains to be seen if either player will feature for Mayo against Donegal on February 28 in Ballybofey when the National League resumes after its mini-break.
Only 20 members of Mayo’s 49-man panel were available to train earlier this week due to injuries and unavailability due to club commitments and holidays.
However, Ballina forward Evan Regan is expected to return to training tonight (Friday) after picking up a slight knock last week.
Mayo begin their National League Division 1 campaign on Sunday week next, January 31, against Cork at Pairc Ui Rinn.


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