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O’Donoghue in fitness race


Mike Finnerty

BARRING any more unexpected mishaps between now and Sunday week, all the focus from an injury news point of view in the Mayo camp will be on star forward, Ryan O’Donoghue.
The All Star attacker hasn’t featured since the Connacht SFC semi-final defeat to Galway seven weeks ago due to a groin injury.
However, James Horan told reporters after last Saturday evening’s win over Dublin that O’Donoghue is ‘making good progress’.
The Mayo News understands that Mayo’s management team haven’t given up hope of the Belmullet man being involved in some capacity against Kerry at Croke Park.
“He's making good progress,” was James Horan’s reply when asked specifically about O’Donoghue’s chances of featuring in the next game.
“We'd be looking to add more to the panel, for sure.”
Meanwhile, the luckless Bryan Walsh has been sidelined again after pulling his hamstring during a training session last Thursday night.
The Ballintubber forward had been out of action for almost four months due to a combination of quad and hamstring injuries, before making his long-awaited comeback against Monaghan on Saturday week last.
However, this latest setback means James Horan will have to plan without him for the clash with Kerry.
A number of Mayo panellists lined out for their clubs in Senior League matches last Sunday.
Rory Brickenden and Mark Moran (who shot three points) both lined out for Westport.
Moran warmed up with the Mayo squad on the pitch at Croke Park before last Saturday’s game against Kildare, wearing number 25 — in place of the injured Bryan Walsh — but James Horan later confirmed that Moran was not eligible to be introduced at any stage.
This was because Mayo’s 26-man squad list had been officially submitted to Croke Park on Thursday morning, hours before Walsh was injured in a training session.
Elsewhere, Darren Coen played for Hollymount/Carramore and Paul Towey, who kicked a string of points, was in action with Charlestown.
Conor O’Shea (Breaffy), Donnacha McHugh (Castlebar Mitchels), Conor McStay (Ballina Stephenites) Pearse Ruttledge (Knockmore) and Fionan Duffy (Crossmolina) also played with their clubs.


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