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Tyrone Injury Update

Wednesday 18.07.2018
Team Talk Mag
All Ireland Series


There is mixed news on the injury front for Tyrone ahead of their eagerly anticipated super 8s meeting with All Ireland champions Dublin in Healy Park this Saturday evening.


As expected Cathal McCarron has been ruled out but Allstar midfielder Colm Cavanagh is good to go. McCarron, who is Tyrone’s most experienced defender, landed awkwardly when challenging for possession under the Davin Stand in the early stages over their emphatic victory over Roscommon last weekend and has sustained a knee injury.


“It wouldn’t look like he’ll be available for this week, for sure,” admitted manager Mickey Harte.


“He’s had an x-ray, which doesn’t tell you an awful lot, but he has to get a scan on it, so we won’t know until the scan is done in the next day or so. It’s a knee injury, so we would be concerned about it.”


Cavanagh came off in the 51st minute last Saturday but it was only a precautionary measure and he will be ready to face the Dubs for the first time this season having missed the league encounter in Omagh back in early February due to club commitments.


“Colm is okay, it’s just bruising on the leg that he has, so it was never going to be a muscle injury, just a bruising, so we’re hoping that will tame down,” said Harte.


In that league meeting the All Ireland champions triumphed on a 2-12 to 1-11 scoreline and Tyrone’s best player in that game, Lee Brennan, looks set to make his return from injury.


The Trillick sharpshooter weighed in with half a dozen points that night on his way to become top scorer in division one with 2-30 to his name and he hasn’t featured since aggravating a hamstring injury in Tyrone’s Ulster championship first round defeat at the hands of Monaghan.


“Lee is virtually ready to be back again with us,” revealed Harte.


“He could have been possibly there last week, but we didn’t feel like risking it, because it’s a recurrence of a hamstring injury, and we wanted to be perfectly sure that we’re not going to give him any more trouble that would finish his season. We’re erring on the side of caution, but I think he should be nearly ready for this week.”


That would certainly be a massive boost to a Tyrone side who have been free scoring throughout the qualifiers, Connor McAliskey their top marksman in the championship to date with ironically also 2-30 to his name.


“It’s definitely good to be scoring as much as we are, and again people will measure this on the level of opposition that we’re playing,” admitted Harte.


“I’m not being disparaging towards them, but they’re (championship opponents to date) not Dublin, and they’re not Kerry, and they’re not Mayo and they’re not the top teams.


They’re teams who are decent teams and take a bit of beating, but that’s where we’re at, we can’t read too much into that. It’s how much can we score against Dublin will be the acid test, and that has yet to come.


I saw a bit of Dublin’s win over Donegal, I saw the couple of goals that were scored, and saw the higher intensity of a game that it was, looking in. it looked a higher intensity than anything we have been involved in. So I think there’s not much changed about Dublin, they’re still a class act.”





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