Cooper: injuries a bigger concern for Mayo than fatigue

August 09, 2019

Kerry legend Colm 'Gooch' Cooper. ©INPHO/Oisin Keniry.

Colm Cooper has dismissed the notion that Mayo's recent hetic schedule of games will count against them tomorrow.

However, he fears Jason Doherty's ruptured cruciate ligament could be one injury too many for the Westerners in their quest to topple Dublin and reach the All-Ireland SFC final.

"They're an experienced team so I don’t think the turnaround will affect them," the Kerry legend said on the RTÉ GAA Podcast.

"James Horan has been down this road before and he’ll have his players right. There’ll be no training done this week and the players will be fine on Saturday night.

"I think the long-term injuries might be a problem though and as if they didn’t have enough, Jason Doherty has done his cruciate so that’s another huge loss for them.

"It’s a big task asking them to go to Croke Park and topple the Dubs, but if there’s one team that doesn’t fear Dublin, it’s Mayo – they’ll actually look forward to the challenge.

"Most teams go into games against the Dubs without the belief they can win and challenge. Mayo have proven that they can do this and that’s what makes this such an interesting encounter this weekend."

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