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Horan has positive news on injury front


Michael Gallagher

MAYO defender Eoghan McLaughlin is expected to be out of action for ‘three to four weeks’ with an ankle injury, according to James Horan.
The Westport clubman was stretchered off in the 34th minute of last Sunday’s National League win over Monaghan, but the Mayo manager said tonight (Thursday) that McLaughlin’s injury ‘wasn’t as serious as it looked’ at the time.
"A lot of the time taken with him on the pitch was precautionary,” explained Horan. “It's a three-to four week recovery and hopefully he'll be available for the Armagh game [at the end of this month]. Luckily it's better than first feared.”
Mayo's overall injury outlook has taken a very positive turn, Horan told members of the local media, with a number of players in line to return to action against Dublin at Croke Park on Saturday week.
"Enda (Hession), Mattie (Ruane), Oisin (Mullin), James Carr, Jack Carney and a number of other guys will be available for the Dublin game,“ he said. “Also, Mark Moran and David McBrien have been out with long-term injuries but they've been training very well the past few weeks. It's very interesting to see the progress they're making.”
Horan also had good news on Brendan Harrison, who limped off in the closing stages of last weekend’s game.
“Brendan picked up a niggle in Monaghan, but it's nothing too serious and he's moving well now,” he said.
"I'm very pleased for Jason [Doherty] and Brendan. They've been very unlucky with injuries and to come back at the level they've come back at is great for them and their confidence will grow from that. Doc’ stuck a goal the last day and played very well against Donegal.
The Mayo squad also received a huge boost this week with the return to training of Kevin McLoughlin.
"Kevin was back last night in great shape. He's had a long season with Knockmore and 15 seasons with Mayo and he has a young family, so he took a few weeks off. But no more than Lee (Keegan), who took some time as well, the shape those guys came back in shows the type of guys they are.
“Traditionally, when I was playing and guys came back into the panel it would take them months before they'd be right. But Lee and Kevin and those guys are so in tune with what's needed, they're very much up to speed with what's required.
“The return-to-play is much shorter compared to what it used to be."
Another man preparing to return to competitive action with Mayo is Ballintubber's Cillian O'Connor who has been out of action since last June.
"It's hard to know an exact return date, but the Kerry game [March 12] is where we're looking at. It might be a week before or a week or two after but it's hard to pin it down exactly. It's all down to the medical advice - some injuries are harder to predict than others."
You can read the full interview with James Horan in next Tuesday’s edition of The Mayo News.


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