There was a press event involving James Horan for the local media last night and Mike Finnerty has a piece on the Mayo News website today (here) about what the Mayo manager had to say at it.
Of particular interest to supporters will be the news about player availability for the Donegal game on Sunday. On that, James had an update on the position regarding a number of the panel.
Lee Keegan is, he said, back in full training and ready to play a part on Sunday. Kevin McLoughlin isn’t, however, as he’s taking a few weeks away from the group. As James pointed out, the Knockmore man has done fifteen seasons straight with the Senior panel so he’s well entitled to a bit of time off at this early part of the year.
Jason Doherty – finally available for selection again after his double cruciate lay-off – is, said James, “in the mix” for Sunday, while Mark Moran is “back on the field and training well”.
Enda Hession and Cillian O’Connor are both absentees through injury. The Ballintubber man’s return is, of course, eagerly awaited and James said he expected to see Cillian back by Round 4 or 5 of the League campaign, though he did add the rider that “I could be a round or two out there.”
Fergal Boland picked up a knock playing for Tooreen last weekend but James said that the Aghamore man “will hopefully be okay” for Sunday.
Overall, we look to be in decent shape personnel-wise heading for Markievicz Park. While it’s tough to predict with any accuracy what our starting fifteen will be for Sunday, that’s part of the fun following the football at this time of year and this year is no different.
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