Cathal McShane faces long spell on sidelines after awful day for Tyrone

Tyrone's Cathal McShane receives medical treatment on the pitch prior to being stretchered off at Tuam Stadium yesterday
Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile 
John Fallon

TYRONE manager Mickey Harte fears that Allstar Cathal McShane could be sidelined for a lengthy period after suffering a horrific ankle injury in their record loss to Galway in Tuam.

McShane suffered the injury just a couple of weeks after he turned down a move to Aussie Rules and the 24-year-old is set for an extended period out of the game. He was stretchered off the field early in the second-half of Tyrone’s 2-25 to 0-12 hammering by Galway and Harte fears it could be some time before McShane is back.

“It is not any time soon. I will put it like that,” said Harte when asked how long McShane faces on the sideline.

The Owen Roe O’Neill’s clubman, who is believed to have suffered a serious ankle injury, turned down a lucrative move to the professional game in Australia just a couple of weeks ago, but now faces a lengthy spell in recovery.

“You don’t like losing matches,” added Harte.

“League points come and go. But a man of his stature and his ability, to lose him again so soon after being able to keep him to play Gaelic football here is the most disappointing thing about today. I am not a medical man, but it sounds bad and didn’t look good either. He was in great pain coming off. That is where our thoughts are today.

“I know the importance of football and not to diminish that, but there are more important things. And we have to keep that in perspective,” added Harte.

Galway manager Pádraic Joyce also paid tribute to McShane and hopes the Tyrone man is back in action before long.

“Unfortunately, Cathal McShane got a nasty injury, the poor guy, because it didn’t look great,” said Joyce.

“It’s disappointing from Tyrone’s point of view to lose the game by so much and to have such a nasty injury to one of their main players is not good for them. I’d to wish him well and hope he’s back before too long.”

McShane’s injury completed a day of woe for Tyrone, who had two men sent-off with Frank Burns picking up a second yellow 11 minutes from time, while Kieran McGeary got a red card for a challenge on Éamonn Branningan seven minutes from the break. That decision by Cork referee Conor Lane infuriated Harte, who felt it barely merited a booking.

““I am very disappointed,” added Harte.

“Sometimes you know, when somebody goes to take someone out or goes in dangerously that they could definitely hurt a person. But that was not one of those and I thought it was harsh to give a red card. I would have even doubted it was a yellow card.”

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