Friday 19 January 2018

Vaughan a doubt for Exiles showdown

Vaughan: A doubt for Connacht final
Vaughan: A doubt for Connacht final
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

MAYO defender Donal Vaughan has emerged as a doubt for Sunday week's Connacht SFC final clash with London.

Vaughan limped out of club championship action with Ballinrobe after just 15 minutes last weekend with a hamstring injury.

However, there is some good news for manager James Horan as Cillian O'Connor and Mikey Conway have both returned to full training.

Neither player was expected to be in contention to face the Exiles in the McHale Park decider, but both were named for their club teams over the weekend, although O'Connor was an unused sub for Ballintubber.

Conway played in the first half for Davitts after being on the sidelines for more than two months with a shoulder injury. He will be pushing for a place in the provincial final after being one of Mayo's best forwards in their Division 1 campaign.

Horan is also concerned about the availability of Keith Higgins (hamstring), Richie Feeney (foot) and David Clarke (hamstring), all of whom missed club championship action last weekend.

Meanwhile, London midfielder Mark Gottsche hasn't ruled out playing some part in the Exiles' first provincial final appearance.

"There's a slim chance that I will be involved," he said. "I just have to go through the rehab for the next week or so, and we'll have a better picture by the end of next week."

Captain Seamus Hannon is expected to be fit.

Stephen O'Neill has handed Tyrone a major boost by revealing he's fit again and ready to return for the next round of the qualifiers on Saturday week. The Red Hand skipper has recovered from his latest injury setback, an Achilles problem, and is back in training.

Elsewhere, Armagh have unsurprisingly stuck with the same side that demolished Wicklow for their clash with Leitrim this weekend.

Andrew Shore and Keith Rossiter are back in the Wexford hurling side for Saturday's qualifier clash with Clare. Shore has served the suspension he picked up against Dublin and is named at midfield while Rossiter has recovered from injury to man the centre-back spot.

Wexford (SHC v Clare) – M Fanning; E Moore, T Waters, B Kenny; R Kehoe, K Rossiter, C Kenny; A Shore, D Redmond; P Morris, E Quigley, G Sinnott; R Jacob, J Guiney, P Doran.

Armagh (SFC v Leitrim) – P McEvoy; P Mc Keown, B Donaghy, J Morgan; A Kernan, C McKeever, M Shields; J Lavery, S Harold; C Rafferty, K Dyas, E Rafferty; J Clarke, T Kernan, E McVerry.

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