Parsons on mend but facing more surgery
Mayo star Tom Parsons has started his long road to recovery after going under the knife.
The midfielder suffered a horror knee injury in Mayo's Connacht SFC defeat to rivals Galway in Castlebar's Elvery's MacHale Park two weeks ago and underwent what is expected to be the first of two surgeries over the weekend.
It's understood that Parsons' injury is extremely rare but the Charlestown man indicated a desire to play for Mayo once again when he tweeted "my comeback will be stronger than my setback".
Mayo chiefs insisted he would "continue to receive the best possible care" during his rehabilitation.
A statement from the Mayo county board read: "Tom Parsons underwent the first part of two stages of surgery to repair his damaged knee structure. In the coming weeks and months, further specialist opinion, surgery and rehabilitation will follow.
"Tom remains upbeat and positive and is extremely grateful for all the kind messages of support he has received from GAA colleagues, opponents and followers all over the world.
"He will continue to receive the best possible care and support during his recovery process and all involved with Mayo GAA wish him all the best during this time."