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Collie Cavanagh's chances of starting against Monaghan are slim

Tyrone's Colm Cavanagh is a major doubt for the county's Ulster Championship defence against Monaghan on May 20 Picture by Seamus Loughran.

COLLIE Cavanagh is likely to miss Tyrone’s Ulster Championship opener with Monaghan on May 20 after his quad muscle injury he sustained in training is worse than first feared, writes Brendan Crossan.

Cavanagh, arguably Tyrone’s most important player, suffered the injury at the end of last Thursday night’s training session and was ruled out of contention for the side’s last NFL Division One game against Kerry last Sunday.

Afterwards, boss Mickey Harte said: “It’s a strange one. It happened during a bit of shooting practice at the end of training on Thursday night. There was nobody else near him. It’s high up in the quad… It looks like a few weeks at best and five or six at worst.”

However, scan results suggest the 2017 Allstar could be sidelined for two months and therefore featuring against Monaghan at Healy Park looks very unlikely.

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