Friday 15 December 2017

Cavanagh's agony deals Tyrone major championship blow

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Tyrone have been dealt a major blow with the news that Sean Cavanagh is almost certainly out of their opening Ulster SFC clash with Armagh at the Athletic Grounds on June 10.

The 2008 Footballer of the Year was playing for his club Moy against Derrytresk yesterday afternoon when he fell awkwardly and had to be taken to hospital by ambulance amid fears that he had damaged his collarbone and shoulder.

Last August, Cavanagh was bench-pressing weights while preparing for the International Rules series against Australia when he detached a tendon in his shoulder which required surgery. He was subsequently out of action for six months.

Meanwhile, Rory Kavanagh is in a race against time to be fit for Donegal's Ulster quarter-final with Derry on June 16 after sustaining an ankle injury yesterday.

Kavanagh twisted awkwardly and was forced off in the early stages of St Eunan's All-County League game against Ardara.

Kavanagh is to undergo a scan in the coming days to determine the seriousness of the injury, with the early diagnosis that he has suffered ligament damage.

Donegal captain Michael Murphy is expected to resume training this week, having decided not to play for his club over the weekend.

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