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McAliskey Has Ankle Operation

Saturday 04.10.2014
Team Talk Mag

Tyrone attacker Connor McAliskey looks set to miss the start of the 2015 season after having ankle surgery last Friday.


The Clonoe clubman had a reconstruction of his ankle ligaments done at the Ulster Independent Clinic in Belfast last Friday and is set to be on the side lines for up to four months.


“It is something that has been bothering me now for a couple of years and I decided that if things were cleared up with the club early this season I would go and get the operation done,” says Connor.


“I was out for a spell of five weeks at one stage this year and every time that you come back you are wary of hurting it again despite having it heavily strapped. Going into the Ulster championship game with Down I was injured for a couple of weeks prior to it and while I came on late on as a substitute in the replay I had missed too much training and was off the pace a little.


That was the frustrating thing as much as anything else, missing training and then going out to play when you weren’t completely at yourself. I’m hoping to get the cast off at the end of next week and then hopefully I can begin rehab but I’m not going to take any chances with it. I have been told it could be three or four months until I’m back playing so the McKenna Cup may come too early for me but I aim to be ready for the league.”


Tyrone narrowly missed out on a place in the National league semi-finals this season and Connor believes that it will be even tougher next year in division one.


“You only have to look at the quality of the opposition in division one next season to realise that it’s not going to be easy,” admits Connor.


“It’s vital to pick up early points and get the threat of relegation out of the way and then try and push for the semi-finals. With the likes of Kerry and Donegal to play in the last few games it’s important that we are in a good position at that stage.”



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