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Armagh boss sweating over Murnin's fitness for Croker crunch

 

By John Campbell

Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney faces an anxious wait to find out if key forward Andrew Murnin will be able to participate in Saturday's All-Ireland football quarter-final against Tyrone at Croke Park.

The St Paul's (Lurgan) clubman pulled up with what appeared to be a hamstring injury in the second half of the weekend win over Kildare and had to be replaced by Ethan Rafferty.

Murnin has played a key part in the Orchard County's progress through the qualifiers and is highly rated by McGeeney.

Should he be unavailable then Rafferty, Oisin O'Neill and Anto Duffy will come into the reckoning, although Joe McElroy and Ciaron O'Hanlon will also be pushing for starting places.

McGeeney is expected to reveal his strategy for the match at training tonight and it is anticipated he may announce his 26-strong match-day squad on Thursday.

When the sides last met in the qualifiers in 2014, Armagh won by 0-13 to 0-10 in a tough, tense encounter at Healy Park, Omagh.

Armagh were then under the baton of Paul Grimley and since McGeeney has taken the reins he has introduced a raft of fresh talent that has revealed a growing maturity as the current qualifier series has unfurled.

But Saturday's all-ticket clash with great rivals Tyrone will undoubtedly be the biggest game of McGeeney's tenure to date as manager of his native county.

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