MAYO BACK LEE Keegan was left looking dazed and confused after a crunching collision with Cork’s Eoin Cadogan in today’s opening league encounter in Páirc Uí Rinn.
Both men struggled to get up after Keegan unleashed the heavy 50th minute shoulder.
Cork, leading 0 – 17 to 0 – 4 at the time, opted to take Cadogan out of the firing line immediately. Keegan though, was allowed to play on.
10 minutes later, Keegan was helped from the turf again and was finally substituted as he was aided off the field with shaky-looking legs and a bowed head.
This evening, Mayo released a statement to underline their commitment to player welfare and admitted that the delay in replacing Keegan was an error.
“The Mayo medical team accept that Lee should have been withdrawn as a precaution a number of minutes earlier when the collision occurred,” the statement on MayoGAA.com reads.
“Player welfare is of paramount importance to all involved with Mayo GAA and members of the Mayo medical team have been to the forefront of player welfare initiatives in the GAA nationally.
“Lee is recovering and will continue to be monitored over the coming days. As always, Mayo will follow the established Return to play protocols.”
Above you can see the clash in full, via Balls.ie, with the eventual substitution below.
Dr Sean Moffatt remained with Keegan on the bench before the back was aided down the tunnel at full-time of the 1 – 18 to 0 – 12 defeat.
Originally published 17.10
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