Mulligan could make return against Kerry
Published 02/04/2013 | 05:00
Owen Mulligan is to link up with the Tyrone squad once again after taking part in an internal practice match last weekend.
It is anticipated Mulligan will train with Tyrone this afternoon ahead of their Division 1 clash with Kerry in Omagh on Sunday.
It remains to be seen whether he will be part of Mickey Harte's squad for that match which has provoked added interest because of the threat of relegation to Kerry and the undercurrent from the fallout from the All-Ireland intermediate football final between Kerry's Finuge and Tyrone's Fr Rock's from Cookstown, who won a controversial Croke Park decider in February.
The GAA's Central Competitions Controls Committee (CCCC) are currently investigating claims of spitting during the match that appear to be backed up by video footage. However, any findings from that investigation are likely to be withheld until after Sunday's game.
Kerry's Paul Galvin has claimed he was spat at during the game. He has also vehemently distanced himself from claims made by Mulligan that significant verbal abuse took place during the game.
"That I have to defend myself or clarify my position in this regard is as disappointing as it is wrong," said Galvin three weeks ago.
The CCCC have sought DVDs from both clubs who were given permission to record the match in the absence of an official broadcaster but look set to hold off on proposing any suspensions until next week.
Mulligan's Tyrone career has been in some doubt since the intermediate final, though he had played in a previous internal match. His last game was Tyrone's qualifier defeat to Kerry last July.