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Mayo concern over Mortimer and Gardiner

TREVOR MORTIMER is Mayo's chief injury concern ahead of next Sunday's All-Ireland SFC semi-final against Kerry.

The veteran campaigner, who has been revitalised in a new wing-back role this summer, suffered a quad muscle injury in training last Tuesday night.

He sat out yesterday's A v B practice game, and Mayo secretary Seán Feeney today revealed: "He is still having treatment, and they (management) are still hopeful to have him fit for Sunday. They didn't risk him yesterday in the trial."

Likewise, a final decision on Peadar Gardiner's hamstring injury won't be made until later in the week.

Deputy 'keeper David Clarke (knee) is unlikely to make the bench -- as a result Kenneth O'Malley has been recalled to the panel -- but midfielders Aidan and Seamus O'Shea allayed any injury concerns by playing in yesterday's trial.

KILKENNY forward Colin Fennelly faces a race against time to be fit for their All-Ireland SHC final showdown with holders Tipperary.

The 23-year-old star, who has forced his way into the Kilkenny team this season, pulled up with what appeared to be a serious hamstring injury while playing for Ballyhale Shamrocks in a senior league game on Saturday.

Fennelly had to be carried off the pitch during the closing stages of Ballyhale's victory over Clara; he was subsequently brought by car to Wexford for cryotherapy treatment.

While the full extent of the damage has yet to be confirmed, early indications were that Fenelly would be sidelined for several weeks - a massive concern with the September 4 decider against Tipperary now just 20 days away.

Elsewhere, former All Star Michael Rice sat out Carrickshock's defeat to James Stephens because of a rib injury shipped against Waterford, but he should be fit to resume training by the end of this week. John Daltopn missed the same game after being involved in an accident earlier in the day, but the defender is also expected back training within a week.