Tyrone Manager Mickey Harte’s hopes of promotion to Division One of the Allianz National Football League suffered a new blow with the news that midfielder and inspiration Sean Cavanagh will have to sit out the early rounds of the campaign and is unlikely to return to action before mid- March.
Cavanagh suffered a detached tendon in his left shoulder in the autumn . Manager Harte told the “Belfast Telegraph” :
“I’d say the league will be a few games on before we actually see him taking the field again,”
“He’s progressing well in that he seems to be well over the injury, and he’s doing plenty of individual work at the moment so we’ll see how the month of January goes, and how he is then.”
Certainly the League will give Harte the opportunity of experimenting as he has also lost several key players, from their three time All Ireland winning squads, due to retirement – Brian Dooher, Ciaran Gourley, Enda McGinley,Brian McGuigan and Philip Jordan.
Before facing Kildare and Derry in the League though , Harte has taken the opportunity of ‘blooding’ some new faces in the NI Power McKenna Cup campaign. The young squad includes 2010 All Ireland winning minors, Ronan O’Neil and Conor Clarke among several newcomers as well as such familiar ones as
Sean O’Neill, Colm Cavanagh, Justin McMahon, and Peter Harte.