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TOM THANKFUL FOR FIRST AID.

Byline: PAT NOLAN

BY PAT NOLAN MAYO'S Tom Parsons has told how teammate Aidan O'Shea shielded him from the horror of his recent injury against Galway.

The Charlestown man suffered a sickening knee injury in the first half of the Connacht Championship tie earlier this month and has already undergone one operation, with another to follow in August.

Parsons said the "excruciating" pain was the worst he has experienced. He told Newstalk's Off the Ball: "I'm good at the moment but it's been a tough two weeks. I've ruptured three of the four ligaments and I've torn the fourth.

"There's tears to the calf and hamstring as well and knee is fully dislocated.

You never think it'll be you."

He continued: "It was just another tackle. I just remember my leg being in trouble and trying to get that leg out. I looked down and within seconds Aidan O'Shea had his paw on my forehead and pushed my head back and said, 'Tom, don't look at it'.

"Then I saw him waving in the medical team. I have such a good medical team around me. If you see panic in people's eyes that will just make things a whole lot worse.

"The pain was something that I just can't get my head around. Now I understand what 10 is, this was just excruciating.

"I'll give it everything in my power to come back and play football with my club and Mayo."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 31, 2018
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