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Published: 11:03 | 1/2/16

Mayo admit Keegan mistake

Defender should have been withdrawn immediately

The Mayo medical team have admitted that Lee Keegan should have been substituted sooner following a heavy collision with Cork's Eoin Cadogan during Sunday's Allianz Football League clash at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Keegan stayed on for a further ten minutes after a heavy collision with Cadogan who was removed from play immediately after the incident and the Mayo medical team now believe that they should have taken similar action.

"In today’s Allianz NFL Division 1 clash with Cork in Páirc Ui Rinn, Mayo player Lee Keegan was substituted with concussion symptoms," a statement on the Mayo GAA website said.

"The Mayo medical team accept that Lee should have been withdrawn as a precaution a number of minutes earlier when the collision occurred.

"Player welfare is of paramount importance to all involved with Mayo GAA and members of the Mayo medical team have been to the forefront of player welfare initiatives in the GAA nationally.

"Lee is recovering and will continue to be monitored over the coming days. As always, Mayo will follow the established Return to Play protocols."

Mayo manager Stephen Rochford revealed that Keegan had wanted to play on but was withdrawn once the management team realised all was not well.

"He was referring that he was fine but quite clearly our own video analysis team and our own doc could notice it straight away," Rochford said.

"We got him out of the field as quickly as we could. He was communicating at the end of the game. Hopefully if there is a concussion aspect, it's something minor.

"The medical team were communicating with him. He was captaining the team. Sometimes you say 'do you mind the player from himself?'

"He was responsive in that he was communicating with the doctor. Once we were able to clearly notice that he wasn't himself, he was pulled."

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