Tom Parsons is fully focused on a return to the green and red jersey as he recovers from the final operation on the horrific knee injury he suffered earlier this year.

The midfielder dislocated his knee in the Connacht SFC semi-final defeat to Galway in May, rupturing three ligaments and tearing his calf and hamstring in the process.

Speaking on RTÉ Radio 1's Saturday Sport, Parsons said that he was finally starting to see light at the end of the tunnel.

"I'm really determined to come back and play for Mayo," he said.

"It's been a tough few months but thank God I have all the surgery over. My last surgery was three weeks ago, which was tough, but I'm moving well now.

"It just becomes Groundhog Day at this stage. It's waking up every day, nitty-gritty rehab, hours in the gym.

"But I'll start to see the benefits of all that very soon and it's improving slowly."

The extent of the damage to Parsons' knee meant he had to undergo three separate operations, the third coming after a period of rehab that proved something of a false dawn.

"It's a unique injury, a unique method of treating it," he said. "The way it played out and the complexities with my knee, it needed to be played out over a staged approach.

"I had completed my first surgery and after two months and was walking well, I was in the gym, squatting. I was asking myself 'Do I need to need to go back for another surgery?'

"But you know you haven't a stable knee. That was difficult because you have nearly fully rehabbed a knee and the swelling is gone, a lot of the pain is gone.

"But you know in the back of your head you have to go under the knife again for round two, or round three, in this instance.

"You wake up from surgery and your knee is a balloon again and you think 'oh no'. But that's just the process and whatever process gets you to your end destination you'll take.

"This is my journey."