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Huge blow for Mayo as star forward set to miss entire 2016 League campaign

Cillian O’Connor was the championship’s top scorer in 2015.

Cillian O'Connor will be sidelined for up to six months.
Cillian O'Connor will be sidelined for up to six months.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

NEW MAYO SENIOR football team boss Stephen Rochford has been handed an early setback with the news that prolific forward Cillian O’Connor is set to miss the entire 2016 Allianz League campaign.

The Mayo News reports that O’Connor underwent knee surgery recently and has been advised not to return for between five and six months.

That would rule the Ballintubber clubman out of the county’s seven group fixtures in Division 1 but it’s anticipated that he will return for the summer championship opener against London.

O’Connor, 23, went under the knife last Monday to cure a long-standing knee problem and now faces a lengthy rehabilitation period.

Cillian OÕConnor scores a penalty Cillian O'Connor slots home a penalty against Dublin in the drawn All-Ireland semi-final. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

He was ruled out for 11 weeks earlier this year when a tendonitis problem flared up during the League clash with Derry back in March.

The Mayo News explains that O’Connor’s training regime had to be carefully managed for the remainder of the season but he still managed to rack up 3-34 in five matches, a tally that saw him emerge as the top scorer of championship 2015.

Mayo begin their 2016 Allianz League campaign with a visit to Cork on 31 January.

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