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Injury Blows For Tyrone

Friday 08.03.2024
Team Talk Mag
County


Tyrone have been dealt a double blow ahead of their final two crucial games in division one of the National league with the news that Conn Kilpatrick and Michael McKernan are set to miss out through injury.

 

Midfielder Kilpatrick sustained an ankle injury in the third quarter of their defeat by Kerry in Killarney last weekend and had to go off. It is reported that he has damaged ligaments and that will rule him out for up to three weeks which means that he will miss the must win relegation four pointer with Monaghan on March 16th and the trip to Dublin a week later.

 

McKernan sustained a broken hand in the closing stages of the first half in their win over Mayo a fortnight ago and he too is going to miss the remainder of the league. The Coalisland defender has been one of Tyrone’s most consistent players in 2024 and his loss will be severely felt.

 

Peter Harte also went off injured in the defeat in Killarney and the team Captain could also be in a race against time to be ready to face Monaghan. The Red Hands currently have four points to their name with neighbours Monaghan below them in the table and the loser of that encounter could well be facing Division two football next season.  Tyrone started with only six of their 2021 All Ireland winning team in Killarney and without McKernan and Harte it meant that they finished the game with only one experienced defender, Paudie Hampsey.

 

On the plus side Cathal McShane got his first minutes of the season under his belt while Kieran McGeary made another appearance as a substitute and no doubt they will hope the likes of Frank Burns, Conor Meyler, Mattie Donnelly and Michael O’Neill aren’t too far away from comebacks as well especially with their opening Ulster championship meeting with either Monaghan or Cavan on April 21st fast approaching.

 

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