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Mayo sweating on injured trio


WE'LL MEET AGAIN Keith Higgins shaking hands with Paddy Andrews after the game in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final. Pic: Ray Ryan

Daniel Carey

MAYO have concerns about the availability of three forwards for the All-Ireland senior football championship final replay, which has been fixed for Croke Park at 5pm on Saturday, October 1.
Cillian O’Connor, Alan Dillon and Evan Regan all underwent scans yesterday (Monday), and are due to be reviewed and assessed in the next 24-48 hours.
O’Connor picked up a leg injury during the second half of Sunday’s drawn final, though he played the full game and kicked the equalising point. Dillon had an x-ray on his ankle on Sunday night, which revealed no break.
The Ballintubber veteran left the field just 11 minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute following a collision with Cian O’Sullivan.
Regan is being assessed after being taken off following a clash of heads with Dublin’s Denis Bastick which prompted his withdrawal in second-half injury-time, with Conor Loftus coming on as a blood sub.
The Mayo squad attended the banquet at Citywest Hotel after the game, stayed overnight there on Sunday, and returned west yesterday (Monday).
They’re due to resume training tomorrow (Wednesday).
“We are only halfway through what has been a battle, and what will be a battle again in two weeks,” Mayo manager Stephen Rochford told a crowd of over 1,500 people at the banquet.
“We’ve been trying to keep it low-key and keep the players focussed. They’re a super bunch of lads to work with.
“We’d like to think that people will respect that over the next two weeks, and give the lads the space they need to finish the job that we started today.
“We will be putting our heads down again now. Our absolute focus is on having Sam here in 13 days’ time, and we’ll be leaving no stone unturned in order to achieve that.”

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