Mayo football manager James Horan has revealed that influential forward Cillian O’Connor is making good progress in his bid to be fit for the All-Ireland football final against Dublin.
O’Connor, Mayo’s first choice free-kick taker, dislocated his shoulder for a third time in less than 12 months just 13 minutes into his side’s victory over Tyrone in the semi-finals.
However Horan, speaking at the county’s pre-final media briefing last night, revealed his hope that the 21 year old will feature in the Croke Park showdown on the 22nd September “We’re just looking to see can he be a competitive option for selection,”
“But so far, so good. Cillian’s been with the medical team, and has been rehabbing very well. He’s working a couple of times a day with the physios. But I don’t think anyone knows. I’m not a medical expert. The muscles around the shoulder are obviously sore so you are trying to rehab those muscles as well as you can. It’s usually a three or four week recovery time for something like that from what I understand.”
With O’Connor leaving the field of play it was left to Alan Freeman to step up and fire Mayo to victory, and should Horan worst fears become real than the former All Star has faith in whoever takes over the free-kicking duty.
“Yeah, we have got free-takers who did okay the last day. If Cillian isn’t up to do a job for us it’s like anything else, he won’t be selected. It’s how people are playing and the job they are doing for us. We just have to wait and see where that is” he added