Monday 5 December 2016

Mayo blow as Higgins hit by new setback

Published 01/03/2016 | 02:30

Keith Higgins will have a scan later in the week to determine the extent of the damage to his hamstring. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Keith Higgins will have a scan later in the week to determine the extent of the damage to his hamstring. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Keith Higgins will miss Mayo's next two matches at least as he deals with the latest setback to interrupt his Allianz League campaign.

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Higgins  limped off with a hamstring injury 24 minutes into last Sunday's two-point defeat to Donegal in Ballybofey. He is due to have a scan later in the week to determine the extent of the damage.

Manager Stephen Rochford initially suspected the injury would keep him out for up to three weeks, but there are fears that he could be sidelined for even longer.

Higgins didn't start either of the opening two League matches because of a knee injury he picked up against Roscommon in the Connacht League.

Mayo are away to Monaghan on Sunday and then Kerry at home a week later as they chase their first League win of the campaign.

They got Seamus O'Shea, Andy Moran and Chris Barrett back on the pitch for the first time this season against Donegal and that should leave them in a stronger position for the rest of the campaign.

Meanwhile, Paddy O'Rourke will miss Meath's next two games after being sent off against Cavan last Sunday.

O'Rourke will have an expected one-match ban doubled because of his previous red card - which came at the end of a strikingly similar defeat in last year's Leinster Championship against Westmeath, when the Royals were again on the wrong end of a 15-point swing - was less than 48 weeks ago.

Armagh and Fermanagh will be anxiously waiting to see what, if any, action the GAA's Central Competitions Control Committee take after an altercation in the Athletic Grounds as rival players left the field for half-time in last Saturday's Division 2 clash.

Irish Independent

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