Dara McVeety to miss Cavan's Ulster SFC date with Donegal

Cavan's Dara McVeety will miss the Ulster SFC clash with Donegal through injury

CAVAN’S hopes of a first Ulster title since 1997 have been dealt a blow with the confirmation that Dara McVeety will miss their clash with Donegal.

The Crosserlough forward was the star of their run to promotion back to Division One, and had hit 1-3 from play in Sunday’s second tier final against Roscommon before injury struck.

McVeety suffered a torn hamstring and left the pitch after the game with an ice pack strapped to his leg, and a scan on Tuesday has confirmed the severity of the tear.

He will be out for between 6 and 8 weeks, and Cavan boss Mattie McGleenan confirmed to The Irish News that he is out of contention for the trip to Ballybofey.

While there have been few Ulster winners from the preliminary round, the victors from the May 13 clash will be favourites to reach the provincial final.

They will face Derry, with whoever emerges from that game in against the winners of Down v Antrim in the semi-final.

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