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Mayo sweat over key duo

Mayo face an anxious wait over the fitness of two of their players who picked up significant injuries in club games over the weekend.

Barry Moran and Cathal Freeman are to have scans today to determine the extent of the damage they incurred in league matches.

Moran came off early in Castlebar's game against Breaffy with suspected knee ligament damage.

Mayo manager James Horan is keeping his fingers crossed that it's not a cruciate problem.

"It's ligament damage but we're not sure just how bad it is. We're probably looking at three to four weeks," said Horan.

Freeman may be in bigger trouble, with a scan required on his collarbone. "Cathal could be in trouble. He hit the the ground hard but again we'll have to see what the scan says," added Horan.

A third player who started against Donegal nine days ago is also out of this weekend's trip to Cork, which Mayo need to win to keep their Division 1 semi-final hopes alive and ensure they avoid relegation.

Keith Higgins came off with a hamstring injury but Horan doesn't expect he'll be laid up for long. "Keith will be fine. He'll miss this weekend but he should be back soon after that," said Horan.

Alan Dillon is close to a return after a leg injury kept him out of the last five league games but he won't see action in Cork either. He hasn't played since a recurrence of a leg injury in February.

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