O’Shea set to be fit for Mayo's start to championship campaign

MAYO GAA followers will be relieved to learn that that the knee injury sustained by Mayo senior star Aidan O’Shea on the return to training in MacHale Park on Tuesday night last is not as serious as first thought.

Early reports after the Mayo captain left the training last Tuesday was that his injury might rule him out for Mayo’s forthcoming National League and championship campaigns.

Indeed, the early reports suggested he might have picked up a cruciate ligament tear.

But news later in the week that this was not the case was a massive lift as the Breaffy club man is central to Mayo’s chances in the National League, which gets underway in a little over two weeks' time when Mayo host Down in Castlebar.

However, while O’Shea did attend Mayo training last weekend, The Connaught Telegraph understands that the Breaffy star might miss one or two of Mayo’s opening National League fixtures.

Mayo followers will be more than happy that O’Shea will be back fully fit for the forthcoming Connaught senior championship though.

Last year he captained the Mayo team which regained the Nestor Cup after a five-year gap, and he has played 58 consecutive championship matches for Mayo since 2012, including last year's All-Ireland final against Dublin.