Defending champions Tyrone have been dealt a blow with the news that Colm Cavanagh is likely to miss the entire McKenna Cup campaign with a wrist injury.
It has come about as the result of a freak accident and the Moy clubman is disappointed that he is going to be on the sidelines.
“I was kicking a ball about around home a couple of weeks ago with a few lads and I was in goals and I saved a shot but my wrist bent backwards,” said Colm.
“At the time I didn’t think it was that bad but then it began to get sore and I went for an x-ray which showed up nothing. It didn’t get better so I finished up going to Belfast for an MRI scan which showed that I have picked up a small fracture.
“I’m not sure at the moment how long I will be out but it’s very frustrating as the McKenna Cup is important and I love playing in it every year. It gives you very valuable match time ahead of the National League and with us being in division one this season it will prove even more valuable.
“It will leave me with a bit of catching up to do as I can’t be involved in ball drills or even do weights but its just one of those things and I will just have to keep the head down and get on with it.”
Cavanagh was one of the stars of last season’s McKenna Cup run although he unfortunately cracked ribs in the final win over Derry.
It adds to Tyrone’s growing injury list with Cavanagh’s midfield partner in that final win over Derry, Mickey Murphy, also unavailable as he is currently on a months holiday in Australia.