Saturday 10 December 2016

Keegan returns as Mayo injury crisis eases

Published 18/02/2016 | 02:30

Lee Keegan was forced from the field of play after picking up a heavy knock in a collision with Eoin Cadogan in the defeat to Cork: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
Lee Keegan was forced from the field of play after picking up a heavy knock in a collision with Eoin Cadogan in the defeat to Cork: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

Mayo's debilitating injury crisis has started to ease a little with the news that All-Star defender Lee Keegan has returned to full training following his head injury.

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Keegan was forced from the field of play after picking up a heavy knock in a collision with Eoin Cadogan in the defeat to Cork in the opening round of the League.

Rebels defender Cadogan was also withdrawn from the field of play after the incident.

Keegan's return is another boost for manager Stephen Rochford after Keith Higgins lined out for the county's hurlers last weekend.

At one stage, the number of players unavailable to Rochford stood at 15 between injury and club duty, and the return of the experienced defensive pair comes as a boost after Mayo went down to the Rebels and then Dublin in their opening League matches.

There was more good news with Kevin McLoughlin, Stephen Coen, Mark Ronaldson and Alan Freeman also back in with the squad, but Mayo's absentee list remains substantial.

They are without Kevin Keane, Chris Barrett, Seamus O'Shea, Cillian O'Connor, Alan Dillon and Andy Moran for varying amounts of time.

The Castlebar Mitchels contingent won't be available until after their All-Ireland club SFC final clash with Dublin champions Ballyboden St Enda's on St Patrick's Day in Croke Park.

Rochford's men take on Donegal in Ballybofey on Sunday week knowing they will need to pick up some points to kickstart their season.

Irish Independent

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