Sunday 17 December 2017

Jordan named in Tyrone squad for Royal collision

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

SPECULATION that four-time All Star wing-back Philip Jordan was set to quit inter-county football appears to have been scotched after he was named in the Tyrone squad for Sunday's Allianz League clash with Meath.

Mickey Harte had dismissed claims that Jordan had decided to call it a day as "internet gossip", despite the fact that he missed training last night -- the second time this week.

There was further confusion when a leading Tyrone official subsequently said that Jordan had decided to concentrate on club football at the moment before rejoining the squad before the Ulster championship.

But Harte has included Jordan on the bench this weekend while naming an unchanged starting team from last weekend's victory over Kildare.

Tyrone, Laois and Derry are all tied in second place in Division 2, with Kildare another point adrift, so there is everything to play for in a five-way battle for the two promotion places.

Unbeaten Donegal will win promotion and a place in the final if they can avoid a five-point defeat by Laois. They hope to have Paddy McGrath back after an ankle injury but have a slight worry over two-time All Star defender Karl Lacey (calf).

Derry are expected to have Eoin Bradley back from suspension for their clash with Antrim but brother Paddy (rib) may miss out.

Defending champions Cork, fighting it out with Kerry and Down for the second spot in the Division 1 final, have delayed naming their team to face Armagh until today to give them time to run the rule over the injury niggles of Paddy Kelly, Paudie Kissane and Donncha O'Connor.

Division 1 hurling hopefuls Galway could be without centre-forward Andy Smith for Sunday week's clash away to Waterford as he suffered a broken nose against Tipperary last week.

Meanwhile, Ulster Council have fixed their U-21 football final between Cavan and Tyrone for Brewster Park in Enniskillen next Wednesday (8.0).

Irish Independent

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