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Mayo Manager Stephen Rochford Reports Major Fitness Boost Ahead Of Kerry Showdown

Mayo were far too strong for Connacht champions Roscommon last week in the All-Ireland quarter-final at Croke Park, winning the replay on a scoreline of 4-19 to 0-09.

Stephen Rochford’s side upped it a gear after the drawn game, and the Rossies had no answer.

After a difficult summer to date, last year’s runners-up have stumbled to the final four, after a loss to Galway and scares against Derry and Cork in the qualifiers.

Dublin , Ireland - 7 August 2017; Jason Doherty of Mayo in action against David Murray of Roscommon during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter Final replay match between Mayo and Roscommon at Croke Park in Dublin. (Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

There is a belief that they can shock the Kingdom next Sunday, and this is fuelled even further by the fact that reigning Footballer of the Year Lee Keegan is set to return.

The 28-year-old missed out on last Monday’s clash in Croke Park due to injury, but speaking to the media, Rochford reported a clean bill of health.

“Nothing fresh. Lee trained, modified, but will train fully this week.

“Chris Barrett had a bit of a foot injury coming into the game last Monday, so he didn’t train (on Thursday), but is of no concern really going into the weekend. So there’s nothing new, and we would expect to pick from a full squad.”

This now gives him a welcome selection headache ahead of the semi-final.

“Look, there’s always a challenge thankfully in selecting what people might reference as being the right team,

“But, look, Lee gives us more options and when we looked at the team prior to the game the last day, we had that conundrum as well.

“But we got a really solid performance from the 14 outfield players the last day – and of course David (Clarke) as well. But as regards the places that Lee will be in competition for. So it’s a good headache.”

Quotes via GAA.ie.

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Make sure to check out the latest episode of The 16th Man, where we discuss how the Super 8s may play out next year considering the one-sided quarter-finals last week, and look ahead to Cork vs Waterford.

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