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Mayo ace Harte facing long lay-off

Mayo have suffered a blow with the news that midfielder Pat Harte has been ruled out for most of the 2011 season after suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury.

Harte was playing for his club Ballina Stephenites when the injury occurred.

Mayo are currently looking for a new manager after John O'Mahony's decision to step down following a poor championship campaign.

And the loss of the experienced Harte will make the task of the new boss all the more difficult.