Following some rumours to the contrary, Keith Higgins has returned to train with the Mayo football panel for the 2018 season. Higgins spent the Allianz Leagues playing with the Mayo hurlers, with whom he won Division 2B.
There had been some speculation that Higgins was going to stick with the hurlers for this year's championship, but Edwin McGreal of the Mayo News is reporting today that Higgins has returned to training with the senior footballers, making his first appearance of the year at a session on Easter Monday.
The full story can be read on the Mayo News website.
It is a timely boost for Mayo ahead of a blockbuster Connacht championship clash with Galway on May 13th. Last year's defeated finalists will be without former Footballer of the Year Lee Keegan for that game, as the Westport man has undergone surgery for a dislocated shoulder.
Stephen Rochford has said that Keegan could miss three to four months, meaning that his earliest possible return date could be for the All-Ireland quarter-finals.
Mayo hope to have Cillian O'Connor fit for that championship clash in Castlebar.
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