Dungannon midfielder McNulty to miss Tyrone championship

Dungannon's Padraig McNulty has been dogged with setbacks since breaking his arm in February during Tyrone's Allianz League match against Donegal

TYRONE midfielder Padraig McNulty is to miss the entire club Championship due to complications in his recovery from a broken arm.

The Dungannon Clarke's man is due to undergo a further operation next week to rectify problems with the healing of the fracture.

McNulty suffered the injury in the first half of the Red Hands' Allianz League defeat to Donegal at Ballybofey back in February, and has been dogged by setbacks in his endeavours to return to action.

He sat out the full programme of 15 league games with his club, and now faces an extended lay-off at the business end of what has been a frustrating season.

And he could find himself in a race against time to be part of Tyrone's plans for the early part of the 2023 inter-county season.

McNulty was listed among the subs for Dungannon's Championship opener against Trillick on Thursday evening, but it emerged later that he never had any prospect of making an appearance, and that further surgery had become the immediate priority.

The Clarke's nevertheless got off to the perfect start, knocking out one of the title favourites, Trillick, with a 3-8 to 0-11 first round victory at O'Neills Healy Park.

They will face either Errigal Ciaran or Moy, who meet today, in the quarter-final.