Friday 9 December 2016

Mayo blow as Cafferkey set to miss rest of the season

Published 22/06/2016 | 02:30

Cafferkey is due to see a specialist later this week to assess the full extent of the damage. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
Cafferkey is due to see a specialist later this week to assess the full extent of the damage. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE

Mayo look set to be without full-back Ger Cafferkey for the rest of their Championship campaign after it emerged that his hamstring injury is much worse than initially feared.

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Cafferkey, who missed the London and Galway games, is due to see a specialist later this week to assess the full extent of the damage.

But there are fears it is similar to the injury sustained by his colleague, goalkeeper David Clarke, which involved part of the muscle coming away from the bone - Kerry's Tommy Walsh and former Ireland rugby captain Paul O'Connell have suffered similar injuries in the past.

If that is the case his recovery will be prolonged, probably incorporating the three months it will take to wrap this year's Championship from this point.

Cafferkey is a huge loss to Mayo; he was one of their better players in the League, having rediscovered his best form after a difficult few years and is a specialist No 3.

Midfielder Jason Gibbons will also miss the rest of the season after sustaining a dislocated shoulder against Galway on Saturday night.

Meanwhile, Donegal defender Neil McGee went before the Central Hearings Committee last night after refusing to accept a two-match ban for his red card against Fermanagh in the Ulster quarter-final last week.

McGee had a one-match ban doubled by the GAA's Central Competitions Control Committee after picking up a suspension earlier in the year for an off-the-ball incident against Kerry.

Donegal were hoping to prove disparity between what he did and what he is reported for.

Irish Independent

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