Friday 20 April 2018

Cafferkey may return for Mayo after 14 months on the sidelines

Ger Cafferkey may return to the Mayo lin-up. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Ger Cafferkey may return to the Mayo lin-up. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Ger Cafferkey is in line for his first competitive action with Mayo in 14 months when they open their championship account with Sunday's Connacht quarter-final against Sligo.

Cafferkey missed last year's championship and this year's league because of a hamstring injury similar to what his colleague David Clarke suffered in 2013 and to what effectively finished Paul O'Connell's rugby career after he tore the muscle off the bone in Ireland's Rugby World Cup match against France.

But the signs are that the Ballina man could now return to the full-back line with a doubt over Brendan Harrison who picked up a hamstring injury in a recent club game.

Cafferkey featured in the 2016 league game against Roscommon but has been laid up since. He has come through a recent challenge match against Meath and a number of club games for Ballina.

Recruit His return is welcome as Kevin Keane, another potential recruit to the full-back line, continues to rehabilitate from a cruciate ligament injury.

Mayo's team is unlikely to deviate too much from last year but Cafferkey's availability could give them the option to push Keith Higgins further outfield again.

Sligo could again be without their key forward Niall Murphy while Pat Hughes is also considered a doubt for the MacHale Park fixture.

Murphy has a hamstring injury and wasn't involved against New York last week. Hughes has a similar complaint.

However, Kevin McDonnell and Gerard O'Kelly-Lynch, who both missed the championship opener because of exam commitments, will return.

Irish Independent

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