Friday 19 July 2019

Armagh star Sheridan happy to have Burns back after replay scare

Burns: Returning to action. Photo: Philip Fitzpatrick/Sportsfile
Burns: Returning to action. Photo: Philip Fitzpatrick/Sportsfile

Declan Bogue

Armagh starket Jarlath Óg Burns is back in full training and in contention for a starting place against Monaghan in Saturday's All-Ireland qualifier after collapsing in the changing room following the Orchard's Ulster semi-final replay defeat to Cavan last Sunday week.

The news was confirmed yesterday by team-mate Stephen Sheridan ahead of the Round Two game in Clones.

"He is back training and hopefully ready to go this weekend," said the Forkhill clubman, who explained how there were concerns for Burns' well-being after he suffered what was confirmed to be dehydration - a week after a bang to his head forced him off during the drawn semi-final.

"After that second Cavan game there probably was a bit of worry in the Armagh camp about him. But he was discharged from hospital that evening, before we even got home. The news travelled through the squad that he was okay, that it was the dehydration that caused it and everything was okay with him," said Sheridan.

"Our medical team is second to none and he is back playing and out on the field. As far as we are concerned, there is no issue there. He is out and competing for his spot on the team."

Burns had lit up the championship with his displays against Down and the first clash against Cavan, when he scored a magnificent goal.

But having faced him in club action for Forkhill against 21-year-old Burns' Silverbridge, his progress has come as no surprise to Sheridan.

"The likes of himself and Rian (O'Neill), they are young, they don't feel pressure and they are there to play football and just enjoy it," he said.

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This derby duel features two teams fighting for their futures and, in the case of Monaghan at least, the last chance that a sizeable contingent of players and management might have of making it to an All-Ireland final.

Armagh are desperate to be involved in a long summer and Sheridan said: "We are focused. We know what Monaghan are going to bring. They are a rough and ready team. They bring experience to it, they know how to get there.

"We believe we have the ability to take one off them. We feel we are ready to go to war with them and see how we stack up against the big boys of the All-Ireland series."

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