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Mayo's Cillian O'Connor to feature against Galway after successful treatment in London

The player missed the closing rounds of the national league with an injury

O'Connor competed in a challenge game against Cork last weekend.
O'Connor competed in a challenge game against Cork last weekend.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

MAYO MANAGER NOEL Connelly has declared Cillian O’Connor fit to start against Galway after the Ballintubber man made a successful comeback from a knee injury last weekend.

O’Connor missed the closing rounds of the national league with the injury, but Mayo’s joint manager says his key forward is ready for action after coming through a challenge game against Cork last weekend.

O’Connor visited a London based consultant in order to sort out his troublesome knee and Connelly says he showed well in the game against the Rebels.

“Cillian O’Connor is getting back from injury, getting back on the playing field and is a possibility. He played 35 minutes at the weekend and played 15 minutes with his club the week before.

“He is doing well. He has altered his treatment and he went to visit a consultant in London and changed his medication and his rehab and he has responded really, really well.

“At this stage he is looking well to play at least 40 or 45 minutes of the game. Hopefully, over the next 10 days, if he keeps improving the way he is, he might take part in the full 70 minutes. It’s looking good for Cillian,” said Mayo’s joint manager.

Long-term absentees Andy Moran and Alan Dillon are both training and will be ready for the Pearse Stadium date on Sunday week, although a slight calf strain is troubling Donal Vaughan.

“I suppose we are getting back to where we would like to be. We are nearly at 100% in training. We have a couple of small, niggly injuries. Michael Conroy is coming back from an injury, Donal Vaughan has a slight calf injury.

“These are minor injuries, we expect Donal to train again on Friday night, and please god he will.

“Evan Regan is the only long-term injury and it will be August before he takes part in any contact. Other than those, things are coming good at the right time.”

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