Mayo star Tom Parsons underwent surgery on his knee on Saturday following the serious injury he sustained during his side's Connacht SFC quarter-final defeat to Galway at MacHale Park.

The midfielder was stretchered off in the second-half, following a battle for possession with Galway defender Eoghan Kerin. He suffered a dislocated knee and also bad ligament damage in the clash.

Parsons was told he suffered one of the most rare injuries in sport. His first operation was on his ligaments and he will have to undergo further surgeries in the future. 

"He just wanted to thank all his management and his teammates in Mayo for their support, they visit him regularly and all the best wishes he’s got from the wider GAA community," said RTÉ Sport’s Darren Frehill on Morning Ireland.

"He’s been inundated with messages of support, he knows he has a long road ahead but he has reiterated his desire to get back in the green and red of Mayo."