Adam Gallagher. . .in action for NUI, Galway.PHOTO: SPORTSFILE.

Adam Gallagher is back in Mayo senior squad

FORMER Mayo minor and Under 21 star Adam Gallagher has been called into the county senior panel by manager Stephen Rochford.

The Mayo Gaels clubman, who was out of the game for 12 months following hip surgery, has regained his top form this year, especially with his third level college, NUIG, where he starred in both the Connaught FBD League and the Sigerson Cup campaigns.

Indeed, Gallagher was the man of the match in NUIG's victory over Mayo in the opening round of the FBD League, scoring nine points.

Gallagher's good form has now earned him a recall to the county senior panel and he could feature in Mayo's Allianz National League encounter with Roscommon in Elverys MacHale Park on Saturday evening.

For this crucial league game against Roscommon, the Mayo manager and his selectors have a depleated panel from which to choose, due to suspension and injuries.

Midfielder Tom Parsons picked up a one-match suspension from Mayo's last league game against Kerry, and he is now joined on the sideline by Danny Kirby who has also been handed a one-match ban following a fracus at the end of the Tralee encounter.

With the two O'Sheas, Seamus and Aidan, still not match fit, along with Barry Moran, Mayo will be short on midfielders for the Roscommon game.

The likes of Stephen Coen, Jason Gibbons and Donal Vaughan will now be to the forefront when the Mayo management sit down to pick their starting 15.

Rochford and his selectors will also have to plan without Kevin Keane for the remainder of the year as the Westport man's worst fears were realised on Monday when a scan showed he had picked up a cruciate ligament injury while assisting his club, Westport, in the All-Ireland intermediate final in Croke Park last Sunday.