Star forward Doherty to miss rest of campaign with suspected cruciate tear in latest injury blow for Mayo
Jason Doherty will have the extent of his knee injury confirmed today with fears that the Mayo centre-forward may have torn his cruciate ligament in Saturday night’s All-Ireland quarter-final win over Donegal in Castlebar.
James Horan will be hoping that Doherty has avoided such a setback but the manager is already planning without him for Saturday evening’s All-Ireland semi-final with Dublin.
Doherty is due to have his knee scanned today according to Mayo officials, the latest in a series of injuries to hit Horan’s squad. The Mayo manager has already seen Matthew Ruane and Diarmuid O’Connor ruled out for prolonged parts of the championship.
Ruane made his return on Saturday night and Horan has indicated that O’Connor may not be far away from a comeback. Regular goalkeeper David Clarke and Donal Vaughan should also be in the frame.
Meanwhile, Peter Keane has given David Clifford the green light for Sunday’s semi-final with Tyrone after he sat out Kerry’s eight-point win over Meath on Saturday as a precaution with a back spasm.
But James O’Donoghue is unlikely to feature once more because of an ongoing hamstring problem. “I would be certain of David, but I wouldn’t be certain of James,” said the Kerry boss last night.