Thursday 18 July 2019

Mayo facing midfield injury crisis

Mayo captain Diarmuid O’Connor is set to miss the rest of the Championship after fracturing a wrist in training. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Mayo captain Diarmuid O’Connor is set to miss the rest of the Championship after fracturing a wrist in training. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Mayo are facing a midfield injury crisis with the news that captain Diarmuid O'Connor is set to miss the rest of the Championship after fracturing a wrist in training.

Manager James Horan is already without a host of options at centre-field, with Tom Parsons (knee) and Seamie O'Shea (ankle) both working their way back to full fitness, while one of the finds of the league, Matthew Ruane, is out with a broken collarbone. Donal Vaughan is also an option, but he hasn't played in any of the county's last four matches.

Mayo face Armagh in MacHale Park, Castlebar, on Saturday night in the qualifiers, with Stephen Coen or Mikey Murray, who came off the bench to make his Championship debut against Down last Saturday, most likely to partner Aidan O'Shea in the middle.

Horan will also be without former AFL hopeful Cian Hanley after it emerged that he is due to fly to America this week for the rest of the summer.

The former Brisbane Lions man, who made his debut last year, is believed to be lining out with the Galway GFC club in Boston.

There is better news surrounding Cillian O'Connor, who is primed for a return to action.

He hasn't played a full competitive game for club or county in seven months, after undergoing knee surgery last December.

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