Frank Burns hoping for Championship return - but Ulster quarter-final will come too soon

Knee injury will keep Pomeroy ace out of Monaghan/Cavan clash

Tyrone's Frank Burns is one of Pomeroy's key players
Frank Burns hasn't featured for Tyrone so far this year as he continues his recovery from a knee injury

FRANK Burns is unlikely to feature in Tyrone’s Ulster SFC quarter-final against either Monaghan or Cavan on April 21, but he hasn’t given up hope of featuring for the Red Hands in 2024.

The Pomeroy man hasn’t played this season to date after taking time out for rehab on a knee problem that he sustained while helping his club win the Tyrone intermediate championship. He recently had a minor operation on the problem and is currently on crutches.

“Hopefully it won’t keep me out for too long,” said Burns. “I will just have to wait and see how things play out but I would be hopeful to be able to play at some stage of this season’s Championship.”

His return would certainly be a boost to a Tyrone side who finished their League campaign with a heavy defeat at the hands of Dublin last weekend.

With fellow All-Ireland winners such as Michael McKernan, Peter Harte, Conn Kilpatrick, Conor Meyler and Michael O’Neill also sidelined with injuries, the Red Hands could certainly do with a few regulars returning to action.