Mortimer could miss season

January 04, 2011

Mayo's Conor Mortimer
Conor Mortimer could miss Mayo's entire 2011 campaign if he decides to undergo surgery to repair a long-standing knee problem.

The star attacker tore his medial ligament injury in left knee while training with UUJ before Christmas and, having played with no cruciate in the same knee for the past seven years, surgery may be the only option for him.

"It's weaker than it's ever been," the Shrule-Glencorrib clubman said.

"Fairly bad is how I would put it. I won't know until the end of the month when the medial ligament injury clears up and I can see just how bad the knee is. I've managed to go without the cruciate for so long, but now may be the time to get it over and done with."

Mortimer accepts that 2011 could be a write-off for him if he decides to go under the knife.

"I might have to draw a line under the season altogether and that's not the greatest thought in the world," he continued.

"Then again, it may turn out I can go on without it for another season. I just don't know. Right now, it doesn't feel like I can ignore surgery but all I can do is wait and hope it doesn't come to that."

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