Rochford: Lee would have played if needed

August 07, 2017

Mayo's Lee Keegan looks on from the bench during his side's All-Ireland SFC quarter-final replay clash against Roscommon at Croke Park.
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Stephen Rochford is confident that Lee Keegan will be fit for Mayo's All-Ireland SFC semi-final against Kerry on August 20 after he was withdrawn from today's replay against Roscommon due to injury.

The Footballer of the Year was hospitalised with a foot injury during the week, but was seen warming up on the sideline on a number of occasions and would have been introduced if needed in the final quarter.

"It was documented that Lee spent a bit of  time in hospital this week and he would have been available for 20 or 25 minutes if we needed him at the end," Rochford revealed to RTE after Mayo's facile win.

"He made a good recovery and we have to compliment our medical team and the medical team in Mayo General Hospital."

Rochford was delighted that his players were able to produce a 70-minute performance after only playing in fits and starts last weekend.

"We stopped operating in spurts and taking our foot of the throttle like we had been. We allowed the scoreboard to keep ticking," he said.

"We put a bit more pace into he game and that's what Tom (Parsons) and Donal (Vaughan) were really good at in the middle third. Possession is nine tenths of the law and we got our hands on the ball a lot more than we did last week, which was a big cause of frustration in our camp last week."

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