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Injury concerns mount for Tyrone ahead of Derry clash

Tiernan McCann (above) and Conor Meyler (below) are doubts for Tyrone ahead of their Ulster SFC opener against Derry on Sunday week  
Francis Mooney

INJURY concerns are mounting for Tyrone as they prepare for their Ulster Championship opener against Derry on Sunday week.

Tiernan McCann and Conor Meyler are both struggling with hamstring problems, and could miss the clash with the Oak Leafers at Celtic Park. Both sat out league games involving their clubs at the weekend.

The pair are important figures in Tyrone’s running game, both with pace to burn and immense levels of energy and stamina, and their loss would be a huge blow to Red Hand chances of getting the better of Derry.

Meyler has missed a significant amount of game-time since picking up a hamstring injury in the National Football League tie against Meath on March 13. He did return with a substitute appearance in the Division Two final win over Cavan last month, but has since suffered a recurrence.

The latest setback follows news that defenders Justin McMahon and Conor Clarke suffered injuries while playing for Omagh in a league game at the weekend, and both are doubtful for Tyrone’s Championship opener.

There was some good news for manager Mickey Harte with the return from injury of Darren McCurry and Ronan McNabb. McCurry played for Edendork last weekend, having recovered from an ankle injury, while McNabb made his first appearance this year following a lengthy lay-off with a ruptured cruciate. 

He came on as a substitute for Dromore, but will play no part in the clash with Derry.

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