Tuesday 12 December 2017

Mayo's Alan Dillon in race to be fit for All Ireland final

Alan Dillon of Mayo celebrates after scoring a point for his side during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park
Alan Dillon of Mayo celebrates after scoring a point for his side during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park
Mayo's Alan Dillon Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Alan Dillon remains Mayo's most serious injury concern ahead of Saturday's All-Ireland final replay with Dublin.

Dillon picked up a foot injury in the drawn game and is making slow progress.

But there is better news regarding Cillian O'Connor and Evan Regan who both resumed training over the weekend.

O'Connor sustained an ankle injury the last day while Regan took a knock to the head and was going through the GAA's concussion protocols.

Dillon scored a crucial equalising point despite the discomfort he was experiencing at the time. Mayo's reserve strength isn't as strong as Dublin's and they'll be anxious to have a player with such invaluable experience at their disposal.

Meanwhile, Peter Creedon has been appointed Laois football manager in succession to Mick Lillis.

Laois County Board has confirmed that the former Tipperary manager is the preferred choice and will be joined in a coaching capacity by Michael McGeehin.

Another former Tipp manager, John Evans, was also in the frame for the position, as was ex-Dublin star Paul Curran.

Withdrawn

Elsewhere, Anthony Cunningham has withdrawn from the process to find a new Cavan manager.

The former Galway hurling boss, who managed St Brigid's and Garrycastle to provincial football titles in 2006 and 2011 and worked with Laois during this year's championship, was thought to be a front-runner.

But over the weekend he withdrew his name from a list of potential candidates that Cavan officials had established.

Cunningham has been linked to other positions, including a role in the Roscommon backroom team.

The Cavan list is understood to include Jack Cooney, who has been involved with Rory Gallagher in Donegal, former Galway U-21 manager Alan Flynn, former Longford boss Jack Sheedy and former Monaghan and Meath manager Seamus McEnaney.

Hyland's backroom team has already begun to fragment. Coach Kevin Downes is to join Tom Cribbin in a similar role in Westmeath.

Cribbin is making changes to his backroom team, with Downes and former Offaly manager Emmet McDonnell becoming selectors, once this is cleared by the county's executive.

Cavan's fitness coach Eoin Maguire may also be joining Westmeath if he is not involved in the new Breffni set-up.

Irish Independent

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