MAYO enjoyed a comprehensive 3-18 to 2-9 win over a poor Down side on Saturday in the All-Ireland semi-final, but at a huge expense following Andy Moran’s injury.
The Mayo captain suffered a serious knee injury in the second-half during Saturday’s victory, and has since been confirmed that Moran is unlikely to return to action in this year’s championship.
A statement released on Sunday to RTE from the Mayo County Board explained that the Mayo star had a scan following the game, which showed “significant knee ligament damage”. The Mayo County Board also stated that further medical advice will be sought in the coming days.
“It is likely Andy Moran will miss the remainder of the season,” the statement read.
“Andy Moran has been a real leader on the team all year and will continue to do so. Andy Moran will still play a major role in the Mayo senior football team on their All-Ireland campaign this year. We wish Andy a speedy recovery and no doubt will see him back again soon.”
Mayo boss James Horan admitted his disappointment of hearing of his captain’s injury.
“It’s very disappointing. Andy is the heartbeat of the team and has been playing great, he’d be the first to say that it’s going to be an opportunity for someone else,” Horan added.
The injury came from a seemingly innocent incident in the second-half, when Moran’s knee buckled after his foot got caught in the Croke Park sod.
It was one of the few negatives to come from Saturday’s game, with Mayo cruising past a below-par Down team on the day, and will now face a date against Dublin in the All-Ireland semi-final in a few weeks time.