Wrist break for Mayo hotshot Higgins

The future of dual player Keith Higgins in the remainder of Mayo's All-Ireland SFC qualifying campaign is in doubt today after he broke his wrist at the weekend.

Higgins, the 2006 Young Footballer of the Year, is facing a six week lay-off after injuring himself during the Mayo hurlers' Christy Ring Cup match against Kerry in Tralee.

The Ballyhaunis clubman has his arm in plaster and is also wearing a sling after cracking a bone just below his thumb, on his wrist.

Mayo, whose Connacht title defence was ended by Galway last month, are back in action in the first round of the SFC qualifiers on July 7.

A quicker than expected recovery could see Higgins come back into contention for the fourth round of the qualifiers (July 28-29), should John O'Mahony's side make it through to that stage.

O'Mahony's charges took part in two recent challenge matches in Kiltoom, losing to Cavan by three points and beating Laois by a nine-point margin. Conor Mortimer was their top scorer in both games.

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