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Mayo star Dillon on track for opener

MAYO were given a shot in the arm after star forward Alan Dillon came through more than 30 minutes of a club match unscathed over the weekend.

Dillon was introduced for Ballintubber late in the opening half of his side's one-point league defeat to Breaffy as part of his rehabilitation from a troublesome groin injury.

He hasn't played for Mayo since the league clash with Tyrone on February 10 but he reported no ill-effects from his run-out. He should now be available to play against Galway in their Connacht SFC opener in Salthill on May 19.

Keith Higgins also lined out for Ballyhaunis in their defeat to Moy Davitts after his hamstring trouble, though management are waiting to ascertain the extent of knocks picked up by Jason Doherty, Chris Barrett, Mickey Conroy and Enda Varley.

Andy Moran remains Mayo's biggest injury concern ahead of the clash with the Tribesmen. The former All Star tore his cruciate knee ligament in last year's All-Ireland quarter-final win over Down but faces a race against time to be fit to take on Galway next month.

Irish Independent