Relief for Higgins and Mayo after ligament injury scan
Mayo football breathed a sigh of relief yesterday when it was confirmed that Keith Higgins did not suffer cruciate ligament damage against Monaghan.
Higgins was feared to have badly damaged the ligament in Castlebar on Sunday, but a scan revealed that it was no more than a medial ligament strain.
Manager John O'Mahony is even hopeful that Higgins can return ahead of the normal two months required for medial ligament damage to heal sufficiently.
"We'd be hopeful that Keith will back sooner than that. He'll certainly miss the Cork game but after that we'll have to wait and see.
"I've seen the cruciate go for a lot less but I was encouraged by what our medical staff were saying after Sunday's game," said O'Mahony.
Further good news for O'Mahony is that Tom Cunniffe has returned to training after an absence of almost a year following Gilmore's groin surgery.
Meanwhile Mickey Harte has expressed doubt that a trio of injured players can return ahead of their vital last league match against Dublin in Healy Park.
Tyrone need to win the match to ensure that they are not relegated.
Stephen O'Neill has not played since dislocating his elbow in the McKenna Cup final against Fermanagh and a setback suffered since then has resulted in further delays for his projected return.
Brian Dooher is also struggling to shake off a back injury while time may be against Justin McMahon overcoming the hamstring strain he picked up against Galway.
"All three would be due back around then but to play any of them would certainly be risky," said Harte.
"I'd imagine one or two of the trio could be on the bench but they wouldn't be starting. Justin is due to return around then, so too is Stephen."
Kevin Hughes is also on the mend from a shoulder injury he picked up in recent weeks.