Tuesday 27 September 2016

Video: Mayo boss Stephen Rochford explains delay in taking off Lee Keegan after nasty knock

Published 31/01/2016 | 17:02

Lee Keegan, Mayo, looks on after leaving the pitch after picking up an injury. Allianz Football League, Division 1, Round 1, Cork v Mayo. Páirc Ui Rinn, Cork. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
Lee Keegan, Mayo, looks on after leaving the pitch after picking up an injury. Allianz Football League, Division 1, Round 1, Cork v Mayo. Páirc Ui Rinn, Cork. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

Cork's facile 1-18 to 0-12 victory over Mayo at Pairc Ui Rinn featured a worrying incident following heavy collision between Lee Keegan and Eoin Cadogan.

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Cadogan was immediately removed from play after he was on the receiving end of a shoulder from the flying Mayo wing-back but Keegan was allowed to continue.

Within minutes, it was clear that Keegan was not 100pc and there were very worrying scenes as he was helped from the field.

View below:

Speaking to Off The Ball on Newstalk after the game, Mayo manager Stephen Rochford explained the reason why Keegan wasn't called ashore immediately.

"I haven't spoken yet with [the doctor] but he was referring that he was fine. But then quite clearly our own video analysis team and our own doc could notice it straight away. As quickly as we could get him out of the field then, we could. He was communicating at the end of the game and hopefully if there is a concussion aspect, then it's something minor," he said. 

Rochford also added that: "The medical team were communicating with him. He was captaining the team. Sometimes you say do you mind the player from himself. He was responsive in that he was communicating with the doctor. Once we were able to clearly notice that he wasn't himself, he was pulled."

A statement from the Mayo County Board this evening read: "In today’s Allianz NFL Division 1 clash with Cork in Páirc Ui Rinn, Mayo player Lee Keegan was substituted with concussion symptoms.

"The Mayo medical team accept that Lee should have been withdrawn as a precaution a number of minutes earlier when the collision occurred.

"Player welfare is of paramount importance to all involved with Mayo GAA and members of the Mayo medical team have been to the forefront of player welfare initiatives in the GAA nationally.

"Lee is recovering and will continue to be monitored over the coming days. As always, Mayo will follow the established Return to play protocols."

Paul Kerrigan was the tormentor-in-chief for Cork just hours after it was revealed that he would skipper the Rebels in 2016.

Next up for Mayo is All-Ireland champions Dublin in Castlebar next Saturday, Cork travel to Donegal on Sunday.

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