Friday 22 February 2019

Higgins out for Mayo as return to action put on back-burner

Mayo's Keith Higgins. Photo: Sportsfile
Mayo's Keith Higgins. Photo: Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Keith Higgins is likely to miss the early part of Mayo's league campaign at least as he delays his seasonal comeback.

Higgins has been ruled out of this weekend's opening league encounter with Monaghan, joining Lee Keegan, Donal Vaughan, Seamus O'Shea and Chris Barrett who are injured, and Tom Parsons who is out of the country. Cillian O'Connor has been a doubt this week because of flu.

Mayo manager Stephen Rochford has said that Higgins has been given more time because of the volume of football he played last year.

Meanwhile, Tipperary footballers welcome Steven O'Brien back for his first competitive game in more than two years.

O'Brien, who spent the last two seasons with the hurling squad, is named at midfield in a strong team bound for Páirc Uí Chaoimh to play Cork tomorrow evening.

The changing times in Cork football are reflected in the number of debuts new manager Ronan McCarthy has handed out for the Division 2 match.

Goalkeeper Mark White, Sam Ryan, Micheál McSweeney, Kevin Flahive, Daniel O'Callaghan and Stephen Sherlock will start for the first time.

Sherlock has caught the eye with his scoring power, grabbing a late goal as Cork won the recent McGrath Cup final.

Eoin Cadogan returns to the Cork hurling team for tomorrow night's Allianz League opener against Kilkenny after his recent switch from the footballers.

Cadogan is at full-back on manager John Meyler's first competitive team with David Griffin, Tim O'Mahony, Sean O'Donoghue and Robbie O'Flynn also given opportunities.

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