Former Footballer of the Year Lee Keegan has hit out at the tackle that saw his Mayo team-mate Evan Regan suffer facial injuries that will likely require surgery.
The incident occurred during Mayo's NFL Division 1 defeat to Kerry in Castlebar on Saturday night.
Regan is likely to miss the rest of the league campaign with the injury and Westport man Keegan described the tackle as "a very bad challenge" when discussing some of the fringe players who have impressed him in Mayo's league campaign to date.
"Evan Regan got a bad injury at the weekend so that could curtail his league campaign again. I thought he was doing ok. I thought he had a good game against Monaghan. Got a bad tackle at the weekend, and he got a bad outcome there; a broken jaw. He's going to have to try and look after that for a couple of months anyway.
"We're still looking at a couple of guys there, a lot of young guys at the moment so I think Stephen's going to change it up hopefully again and get a look at these guys and see where they are."
A Mayo spokesperson last night described Regan's injury as a "facial bone fracture and concussion injury" while Keegan revealed he would likely require surgery.
"A very bad challenge to be honest. I was literally in line with it. It was bad now I have to say. I was chatting to him yesterday and he was in a bad way still. I know he got a bit of bad news, he has to get surgery now I think.
"That's the outcome of that which is unfortunate because again, it was a prime opportunity for him to put his name in there and try get a starting spot for championship.
"It's something he's been trying to do for the last couple of years. As I said, he had started well in the league and it's unfortunate."
Keegan is out of action as he looks to recover from a hip surgery but is hopeful he could feature before the end of the league.