Farney sweat on decision over McManus ankle surgery
MONAGHAN All Star Conor McManus faces an anxious wait this week to discover if he needs to have surgery on his ankle ligament injury.
And he won't be the only one, as manager Malachy O'Rourke will also be desperately hoping that no more of his players get injured when the local senior club championship starts next weekend.
The injury that McManus suffered in club action the week after Monaghan's Division 2 final victory over Donegal means he's currently wearing a protective boot and is facing a race against time to make the Ulster SFC opener against Down or Tyrone on June 15.
If it needs surgery, he could be out for 10 weeks. Medics have given the corner-forward another week to see if the damaged tendons heal quickly enough to avoid surgery.
"There's nothing I can do at the moment, but just wait," he said.
"I hurt my knee also, but thankfully that is only lateral ligament damage, but the ankle is a lot worse and it's going to be another week before I know what will happen.
"If there's an operation, you are talking probably eight to 10 weeks, but I'd be hoping for good news.
"I have to prepare for the best-case scenario, so at the minute I am just remaining positive."
McManus is being treated by the Santry Sports Clinic; he is using an oxygen tent to try to expedite his recovery and has also turned to Meath's former All-Ireland-winning manager and famous herbalist, Sean Boylan.
"I can't work because I can't drive, so I am willing to go anywhere I can to speed it (recovery) up," he said. "I worked with Sean before and he does a first-class job."
One thing in his favour is that the defending Ulster champions are last into action in the province this year.
But that means that the first round of their senior club championship takes place next weekend, which will have O'Rourke on tenterhooks.
There are five games in the first round. His club, Clontibret, play Monaghan Harps; the other four are Magheracloone v Currin, Scotstown v Truagh, Castleblaney v Ballybay and Latton v Doohamlet.
The second round is not until early August and the local intermediate championship does not start until July 27, a week after the Ulster final.
Monaghan midfielder Eoin Lennon was injured in the league final, but looks like he will recover in time for their Ulster opener.