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Aidan O'Shea likely to start at midfield for Mayo in the All-Ireland quarter-final against Down

Updated: Wednesday, 01 Aug 2012 07:32

O'Shea's return is a boost for the westerners who will have to up their game from the Connacht final
O'Shea's return is a boost for the westerners who will have to up their game from the Connacht final

Aidan O’Shea is set to start for Mayo in their All-Ireland quarter-final with Down at Croke Park on Saturday.

A stomach muscle injury has curtailed O’Shea’s involvement with the county this season, but he did have a telling effect when coming on as a second half sub in the Connacht final win over Sligo.

He is now likely to start in midfield alongside Barry Moran against the Mourne county as Mayo bid for a successive appearance in the last four of the championship.

Other news from the camp sees Peadar Gardiner's return after a foot problem that ruled him out of the provincial decider.

Pat Harte and Aidan Campbell are still out injured and will not feature at the weekend.

Down's only injury concern relates to Danny Hughes with a groin injury.

Saturday's match throws-in at 5.00pm, with the winners to play either Dublin or Laois in the All-Ireland semi-final on 2 September

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