Barrett may start for Mayo as Boyle ruled out

Mayo’s Colm Boyle will not start the All-Ireland final.

The Davitts club man was unable to line out in the semi-final victory over Dublin after picking up a virus. Following a longer than expected recovery process, he has been ruled out and Belmullet’s Chris Barrett will start in his place in the half-back line. Boyle was unable to take part in a full training session until Friday and the management are not sure if he has a full 70 minutes to give. But the U21 All-Ireland winner with Mayo in 2006, is expected to come on at some stage.

There are also doubts about Lee Keegan’s ability to play after a finger bone broke the skin in the semi-final, but he should be fit to play.

Meanwhile, injured captain Andy Moran revealed he contacted Henry Shefflin to get advice on how to play with a cruciate knee ligament injury. The Kilkenny man famously started the 2010 All-Ireland hurling final against Tipperary a month after severing his.

Moran snapped his against Down in this year’s quarter-final but the Ballaghaderreen man stopped at nothing to try and make it back for the final.

“ I talked to Henry [Shefflin] and I waited four weeks to see if my leg would improve but realistically it wasn’t a runner. It’s took some time for that realisation to set in. I’m still waking up in the middle of the night kicking the winning point in an All-Ireland final. That’s not going to happen this year but if one of the other boys do it I’ll be the happiest man in the world.”

Donegal have no injury concerns ahead of Sunday’s final. Karl Lacey and Neil Gallagher had picked up knocks in club games earlier this month but both have long since recovered. Donegal will stay in Enfield’s Johnstown House on Saturday night after players pushed for the Meath location ahead of Kildare’s Carton House because they want to stay in the on-site chalets. They trained at both hotels last week.

Mayo’s post All-Ireland match function will be in the Regency Airport Hotel while Donegal’s takes place in the Burlington Hotel.

Meanwhile, the GAA have decided to postpone the idea of presenting the All-Ireland final runners-up with their medals should there be a decisive result on Sunday. In a change of protocol, Central Council had agreed to the proposal for the losing team to be the first to walk up the steps of the Hogan Stand.

They had been keen for the losers to be acknowledged for their efforts other than the three cheers they customarily receive. However, the plan is more likely to materialise in next year’s All-Ireland finals.

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