Mixed news on the injury front for Tyrone ahead of trip to Meath
THERE'S good news and bad news for Tyrone on the injury front with Kieran McGeary set to be available for their first round Qualifier with Meath in Navan next weekend, but Declan McClure is the latest doubt.
Midfielder McClure suffered a shoulder injury while playing for Clonoe against Errigal Ciaran on Monday evening and was forced out of the action midway through the second half of the Division One league game.
On a brighter note from the same game, McClure’s Clonoe team-mate Connor McAliskey, Tyrone’s best player as they bowed out of the provincial title race, maintained his impressive form by hitting six points in a 2-12 to 1-10 defeat.
McGeary, who captained the Red Hands to All-Ireland U21 glory in 2015, didn’t finish training last Thursday night after sustaining a knock to the knee which was thought to be serious.
He had an MRI scan over the weekend and didn’t play for his club Pomeroy on Sunday.
The results on Monday, though, have given him the all-clear and he was due to resume training last night.
He featured in all seven games of Tyrone’s Allianz Football League Division One campaign and came on in the 56th minute for the injured Lee Brennan in their Ulster SFC quarter-final defeat by Monaghan.
With Brennan and Mark Bradley both ruled out through injury and Peter Harte suspended, McGeary could well get the nod for a starting berth against the Royals.
Brennan, who was the NFL Division One top scorer this season, is out for eight weeks with a hamstring injury and will miss the entire Qualifier series, while a damaged ankle will keep Bradley on the sidelines for five weeks.
Colm Cavanagh and Tiernan McCann have not yet regained full fitness after returning from quad muscle and kneecap injuries respectively, and both were unable to complete against Monaghan.
It is understood, though, that both Cavanagh and McCann played full games for their clubs at the weekend and came through unscathed.
Harte will play no part at Pairc Tailteann because of suspension. He received a straight red card in the dying moments of the Healy Park clash.
There is no throw-in time yet confirmed for Tyrone’s trip to Meath, but it will take place on June 9.