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Boyle set for long spell on sidelines

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SIDELINED Colm Boyle has sustained ‘significant damage’ to his knee and there are fears he could miss the rest of the season. Pic: Sportsfile

Mike Finnerty

MAYO manager James Horan says he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of Colm Boyle lining out again later this season.
There had been some speculation last week that the Davitts defender had sustained a cruciate ligament injury to his left knee during Mayo’s defeat to Dublin on Saturday week last.
Such a diagnosis would almost certainly mean that the 33 year-old would be ruled out for the rest of the inter-county season.
However, responding to a question from The Mayo News after Sunday’s win over Meath, Horan said it was too early to say for sure what the exact nature of Boyle’s injury was.
The Mayo boss did admit though that the four-time All Star had sustained ‘a significant injury’ to his knee when attempting to tackle Dublin’s John Small.
“He’s working with the medical team at the moment,” explained Horan. “He’s got a bad knee injury, I haven’t got confirmation of it yet. I know the guys are working on it.
“There’s a lot of damage there so they’re just evaluating it to be absolutely sure.
“It’s a significant injury for sure. Colm’s already on rehab, as only he can, so he’s working very very hard on it. So we’ll hope to see him later on in the season.”
In relation to other players who are currently sidelined, Horan had this to say: “Cillian’s [O’Connor] doing very well, progressing very well. Donie Vaughan’s doing very well.
“Tom Parsons just had a minor nick on his hammer, [he’s] progressing well.
“So a lot of guys are very close. Keith Higgins is very close, so a lot of those guys will be pushing over the break and hopefully in contention for the next round.”

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