Sunday 25 September 2016

Monaghan sweat on fitness of key pair ahead of Cavan showdown

Published 20/05/2015 | 02:30

Monaghan's Darren Hughes picked up a foot injury on club duty with Scotstown in recent weeks
Monaghan's Darren Hughes picked up a foot injury on club duty with Scotstown in recent weeks

Monaghan could be without key pair Darren Hughes and Drew Wylie for Sunday's Ulster SF Championship clash with Cavan at Kingspan Breffni Park.

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The pair have been struggling with injuries of late and face a race against time to be for the derby showdown in Cavan.

Hughes picked up a foot injury on club duty with Scotstown in recent weeks, while Wylie has struggled since Monaghan lost out to Dublin in the league semi-final.

It remains to be seen what, if any, part they can play this weekend in what is only the third Championship meeting between the sides since the turn of the millennium.

Terry Hyland's Cavan have won just one of their last five opening-round Ulster Championship matches - when they beat Armagh back in 2013.

Elsewhere, the Antrim hurlers have been rocked by the news that captain Neil McManus is set to miss two months action after picking up a knee injury in the heavy defeat to Westmeath.

Scans revealed that the Cushendall man damaged a medial knee ligament midway through the second half of the Leinster round-robin clash.

And he faces around eight weeks on the sidelines as the Saffrons look to keep their hopes of advancing in the Leinster Championship when they travel to Netwatch Cullen Park to face Carlow in the last of the round-robin matches in the province.

A win will see them through as long as undefeated Westmeath see off Laois in Portlaoise.

However, should Laois win that game it would bring score difference into play. In that scenario, the Saffrons might be the ones to suffer.

It has already been a miserable campaign for the Glensmen.

They suffered a shock relegation to Division 2A of the Allianz League for next year after being stunned by Kerry in a promotion/relegation play-off.

Antrim manager Kevin Ryan is already without defender Arron Graffin for the rest of the campaign after he dislocated his kneecap in the clash with the Lake men.

Irish Independent

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