SEAN CAVANAGH is set to make his first appearance of the season for Tyrone against Mayo on Sunday. Cavanagh, who missed the Dr McKenna Cup with a groin injury, is unlikely to start at Healy Park, but is almost certain to be involved at some stage.
Mattie Donnelly will lead the team out, but assistant manager Tony Donnelly confirmed that the team captain is in the frame. "Sean is the next who will be able to resume training this week and maybe see some game time next week. Mayo is the game he had targeted for his comeback, should it be from the bench or whatever," he said.
Tyrone have been short on experience in the early part of the season, with Stephen O'Neill, Joe and Justin McMahon, Conor Gormley, Martin Penrose and Mark Donnelly all absent for a variety of reasons.
"We're not hurrying anybody," said Donnelly. "We have every confidence in the young fellas and in the squad we have. They did so well in the McKenna Cup, we're in the final, and they got us a point at Celtic Park. So when the men come back, that will bolster us but in the meantime, we're going along okay."