Wicklow sweat on Hyland fitness

Wicklow star Ciarán Hyland is a doubt for the Garden County’s All-Ireland qualifier against Waterford on June 30 after sustaining an injury while supporting the Republic of Ireland in the European Championships.

Hyland, who travelled to the tournament finals in Poland with his brothers, went over on his ankle and is receiving intensive treatment from team physiotherapist Clifford Murphy. However, manager Harry Murphy remains unsure if the defender will be available for the first round clash.

Manager Murphy said: “We will have to wait and see until the swelling goes down and we may not know until the Saturday of the game if Ciarán will be available to play.” Wicklow arecertain to be without captain Leighton Glynn, who broke his ankle in their Leinster SFC loss to Meath.

Meanwhile, Mayo midfielder Aidan O’Shea looks set to miss Sunday’s Connacht SFC semi-final against Leitrim. O’Shea, who hasn’t kicked a ball since April 8, only resumed running in training last week as he continues his comeback from a ‘rectus sheath’ injury.

The 21 year-old sat out last weekend’s ‘A’ v ‘B’ trial match and was joined on the sideline by Cillian O’Connor, Peadar Gardiner and Chris Barrett. However, O’Connor, Young Footballer of the Year in 2011, is understood to have been rested as a precaution and is expected to feature Sunday.

James Horan is expected to announce his team later today with uncertainty surrounding a number of key positions. Barry Moran looks set to retain his place at midfield but, in the absence of Aidan O’Shea, any one of Danny Geraghty, Jason Gibbons, fit-again Seamus O’Shea and Ronan McGarrity could be Moran’s partner.

“There’s always going to be knocks and bangs but, overall, we’re in good shape,” said the Mayo manager.

“We’re monitoring Aidan O’Shea day-by-day, and that’s the way we’re taking it.”

On the subject of McGarrity’s return to the Mayo fold last month, Horan said: “We’re still assessing his role and where he is. It’s obviously very hard for him because the panel had a huge amount of work done. He’s trying to play catch-up so we’ll just evaluate that.”

Meanwhile, Kevin Keane is in line to make his senior championship debut in the Mayo defence with his Westport club-mate, Lee Keegan, expected to get his first championship start. In attack, Jason Doherty and Alan Freeman are also believed to be pushing hard for inclusion after showing up well recently in training.

It remains to be seen whether or not Mayo’s all-time leading scorer, Conor Mortimer, will get a starting jersey.

A crowd in excess of 10,000 people is expected to be in attendance in McHale Park for Sunday’s game which throws-in at 3.30pm. The day will also see the official opening of the €18 million redevelopment of the county ground by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

Meanwhile Croke Park yesterday released the times, dates and venues for the first round of the All-Ireland senior football qualifiers.

June 30: London v Antrim, Ruislip, 1pm; Wicklow v Waterford, Aughrim, 2.30pm; Westmeath v Louth, Cusack Park, Mullingar, 7pm; Tipperary v Offaly, Semple Stadium, Thurles, 7pm; Laois v Carlow, Portlaoise, 7pm; Longford v Derry, Glennon Brothers Pearse Park, 7pm.

July 1: Roscommon v Armagh, Dr Hyde Park, 2.30pm; Fermanagh v Cavan, Brewster Park, 2.30pm.

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