Saturday 24 February 2018

Cavanagh scan eases Ulster final fears

Colm Cavanagh. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Colm Cavanagh. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile Sportsdesk

Tyrone midfielder Colm Cavanagh is expected to be fit for the Ulster SFC final against Down on Sunday week.

Cavanagh suffered a knee injury in a club game at the weekend but scans have shown there is no ligament damage.

However, the Moy man will be forced to sit out training this week as he recovers from bruising.

"If there's any good news after an injury, it's that it's not ligament trouble," said manager Mickey Harte.

"It looks like bruising, and we'd hope he'd be OK. How long he'll have to be out of training I don't know. But he's made of hardy stuff, and unless he's really bad, he'll carry on."

Attacker Darren McCurry is also a doubt for the clash with Down at Clones on July 16, and was unable to complete a club game on Sunday after suffering a recurrence of a calf strain. Ronan McNabb is set to miss the game.

Elsewhere, former Aussie Rules player and Kerry All-Ireland medal winner Tommy Walsh is facing another stretch on the sideline after tearing a hamstring playing against John Mitchels in a county league game on Saturday evening.

Walsh, who tore a hamstring completely off the bone in 2012 with St Kilda and missed the entire 2013 AFL season before returning home in 2014, has damaged the hamstring in the same leg and the Kerins O'Rahilly's star looks set for a month out with the injury.

Walsh had been playing well of late and had scored 0-8 of his side's total on Saturday night as they went down to Tralee rivals John Mitchels.

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