HOPES are high that Tiernan McCann will return for Tyrone’s Ulster Championship quarter-final against Monaghan on May 20, but it’s feared that Colm Cavanagh could be set for a longer spell on the treatment table.
Killyclogher star Tiernan McCann is back doing light training after damaging his knee in the closing stages of Tyrone’s win over Kildare in mid-February, with an MRI scan later confirming that he had suffered a crack in his kneecap.
The half-back was ruled out for two months and is understood to be making good progress, although it’s too early to say for definite that he will be back in time for Tyrone’s championship opener.
It’s been a frustrating period for McCann considering he also suffered a hand injury in Tyrone’s All-Ireland semi-final to Dublin. He underwent an operation days later to correct a broken metacarpal bone which involved inserting three metal screws, which left him out of work for a lengthy spell.
His latest injury has also curtailed his involvement with Killyclogher in the early part of the season, and Dominic Corrigan revealed after their latest league win against Donaghmore that the chances were “slim” that he’d line out in club colours before the start of the Ulster Championship.
Meanwhile, All-Star midfielder Colm Cavanagh won’t be rushed back after sustaining a quad injury prior to Tyrone’s final league match against Kerry on March 25.
The Moy man is still some distance away from full fitness and his potential absence would be a considerable blow to Tyrone ahead of their date with Monaghan.
Mickey Harte revealed the freakish circumstances of his injury after their league win against Kerry nearly a month ago.
“It’s a strange one. It happened during a bit of shooting practice at the end of training on Thursday night. There was nobody else near him. It’s high up in the quad. It looks like a few weeks at best and five or six at worst.”
Tyrone have no other major injury concerns at present and a number of their players have been in flying form in the All-County League. Trillick star Lee Brennan is top of the scoring charts in Division One, while his attacking colleague Mark Bradley, who won a Sigerson All-Star this week, was Killyclogher’s star performer against Donaghmore on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the plan to have two league fixtures in the final weekend of April has been shelved. Friday, April 27 and Sunday, April 29 had been initially set aside for league matches, but Friday’s round of fixtures has now been delayed until later in the season.
Tyrone spokesperson Eugene McConnell says it won’t have any bearing on the overall calender this year.
“Friday’s matches have been put back until the 19th of August. There was capacity to do that so instead of squeezing it in next week, we’ve avoided any potential problems by moving it until the last round of fixtures.”
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