WHILE Mickey Harte's return to training last night is a boost to Tyrone, his captain Sean Cavanagh is facing a race against time to be ready for his county's Ulster SFC opener with Donegal on Sunday May 17.
Cavanagh has had a problem with a tendon in a knee recently and is understood to have undergone a surgical procedure last week to correct the problem.
He has been on crutches since to take the weight off his knee and there is optimism that he will return to training in the coming weeks to get himself right for the Ballybofey clash.
Cavanagh sat out the first half of the League match against Donegal last month with manager Mickey Harte predicting that to play the full match would have jeopardised him for the following week against Kerry.
Meanwhile, a potential club versus county conflict is brewing in Tyrone with the under 21 management hoping their players can be excused from playing a round of League fixtures this weekend.
Manager Fergal Logan wants a compromise to be reached as he is fearful that of losing key players if they turn out for their clubs just seven days before the clash with Tipperary in Navan on Saturday week.
"I hope that there's a level of understanding and a level of common sense applied across the board in Tyrone from top to bottom, be it with clubs, be it with county board. This is a great opportunity for everybody."