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When he met the press last week, Stephen Rochford was happy to confirm that all of the squad – bar long-term absentees Ger Cafferkey and Jason Gibbons – are likely to be available for selection for Saturday’s Round 4B qualifier against Westmeath at Croke Park (throw-in 6pm). Video of some of Stephen’s discussion with the journos last week is here.
At the press briefing Stephen said that although Kevin Keane was able to train, he was being restricted to non-contact work. The Mayo News reports this morning (paper and digital formats) that Kevin’s involvement in training since then has also been on the same basis and that, as yet, no definitive decision has been made as to whether or not he’ll be okay to line out on Saturday. The paper says that if he isn’t then Donal Vaughan or Stephen Coen are the most likely replacements for the Westport man.
Aside from this significant doubt, it’s all good news with the squad. The hamstrung trio of Chris Barrett, Conor Loftus and Tom Parsons are – as Stephen Rochford confirmed last week – all available for selection for Saturday’s match. You’d have to think that all three will be drafted into the match-day 26 but I’d say Tom is the only one of them likely to be considered for a starting spot the next day.
There’s no confirmation as yet about when we’ll name our team for Saturday but some point on Friday evening seems to be our preferred time this year for doing so. I guess we can expect an announcement around then on this occasion too.
On match-day logistics, ticketing details for the game are here. Two extra train are also being laid on for Sunday – one from Westport and the other from Ballina – and further details on these are here.