O'Connor heads Mayo injury list ahead of London trip
Published 24/05/2016 | 02:30
Diarmuid O'Connor heads an extensive Mayo injury list ahead of their Connacht Championship match against London in Ruislip on Sunday.
O'Connor, the reigning Young Footballer of the Year and the driving force behind Mayo's recent All-Ireland U-21 success, looks set to miss the trip to the UK capital because of a hamstring injury.
Former captain Andy Moran is struggling with a knee injury, while defender Chris Barrett is also a doubt.
Mayo's first-choice midfield pairing, Seamus O'Shea and Tom Parsons, also have a question mark over their participation in a game that provided so much trouble for them in James Horan's first game in charge in 2011 when they needed extra time to survive.
It was as close as they have come to defeat in the province in an unbeaten sequence that has since stretched to 14 games. The match has been officially declared a 3,000 sell-out by London GAA.
Meanwhile, Enda Smith could make his return for Roscommon in their Connacht semi-final clash with Sligo next month but midfielder Ian Kilbride could well miss the rest of the season.
Smith and Kilbride are both suffering from osteitis pubis, a common pelvic injury associated with over-use, and have not played since the defeat to Mayo in March.
Smith, who had been in prolific form in the earlier part of the League, is now ready to return to training, according to joint-manager Fergie O'Donnell.
"Enda should be back training, but whether he'll be good to go - he'll be touch and go," he said.
But Kilbride's season could well be over, reducing Roscommon's midfield options further.
"It looks like he's out for the season. He's older so he's slow to recover," said O'Donnell.