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O'Connor injury woe

THE Mayo football camp is anxiously await word on whether freetaker Cillian O'Connor requires surgery to repair his second major shoulder injury in the space of a year.

The two-time Young Footballer of the Year sustained a suspected dislocated shoulder when playing for his club, Ballintubber, against Claremorris in the Mayo SFC on Saturday.

The extent of O'Connor's likely lay-off has yet to be determined, with his situation complicated by the fact that he suffered a similar dislocation on club duty in the aftermath of last year's All-Ireland final.

The 20-year-old didn't undergo surgery on that occasion but was sidelined for several months, missing the opening rounds of the league.

Describing the injury as "quite a significant" one, a Mayo GAA statement said that while "the initial diagnosis suggests a dislocated shoulder more assessment is needed. Cillian will undergo a further scan next Thursday and will meet with the specialists then to determine the extent of the injury and the treatment required."