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Welcome boost: Armagh ace Jarlath Óg Burns is available after being treated for dehydration
Welcome boost: Armagh ace Jarlath Óg Burns is available after being treated for dehydration
Declan Bogue

By Declan Bogue

Armagh's Jarlath Óg Burns is back in full training and in contention for a starting place against Monaghan in this weekend's All-Ireland qualifier, after collapsing in the changing room following the Orchard's Ulster semi-final replay defeat to Cavan on June 9.

The news was confirmed by team-mate Stephen Sheridan at a press launch for this weekend's Round Two game in Clones.

"He is back training and hopefully ready to go this weekend," stated the Forkhill man.

Sheridan explained how there were concerns for Burns' well-being after he suffered what was confirmed to be dehydration, a week after a bang to his head forced him off during the drawn semi-final.

"After that second Cavan game there probably was a bit of worry in the Armagh camp about him. But he was discharged from hospital that evening, before we even got home. The news travelled through the squad that he was okay, that it was the dehydration that caused it and everything was okay with him," said Sheridan.

"Our medical team is second to none and they really are top class. They keep a lot of that information between themselves and Jarlath Óg, and all we know is that he is back playing and out on the field. As far as we are concerned, there is no issue there. He is out and competing for his spot on the team."

Burns had lit up the Championship with his displays against Down and the first clash against Cavan, when he scored a magnificent goal.

But having faced him in club action for Forkhill against 21-year-old Burns' Silverbridge, his progress has come as no surprise to Sheridan.

"He made the training panel last year and then he was in St Mary's, I think he went on an Erasmus and had to leave the panel and didn't come back in until this year," he said.

"He probably doesn't feel the pressure as much, he is just in and playing. The likes of himself and Rian (O'Neill), they are young, they don't feel pressure and they are there to play football and just enjoy it.

"I suppose myself, as one of the more senior players, could learn a lot from those young boys moving forward in terms of how they carry themselves and approach the game."

This Saturday's derby features two teams fighting for their futures and in the case of Monaghan at least, the last chance a sizeable contingent of players and management might have of making it to an All-Ireland final.

Armagh are desperate to be involved in a long summer and Sheridan said: "We are focused. We know what Monaghan are going to bring. They are a rough and ready team. They bring experience to it, they know how to get there, they know how to get the job done. So we are under no illusion in terms of what Monaghan are going to bring this weekend.

"We believe we have the ability to take one off them. We feel we are ready to go to war with them and see how we stack up against the big boys of the All-Ireland series."

Sheridan himself is on the comeback trail after an injury sustained in the Ulster quarter-final against Down, but hopes to be back in time for the latter stages of the All-Ireland series.

He tore a medial ligament after a Down opponent landed awkwardly on him.

"I suppose at that time, if you had have spoken to me then, I was doom and gloom for two days after it. It could have been a lot worse, I was thinking it could have been my cruciate but then the scans came back and I became pretty optimistic," said Sheridan.

"Unfortunately I am not fit for this weekend, but I like to think that if we can get through this weekend, I will play a part at some stage in the Championship with Armagh.

"It was the side of the knee. We have a great medical team there within Armagh. Shea McAleer is the physio and he has been brilliant with me.

"I probably couldn't put a time-frame on it, but I would like to think I can play a part in the Championship before the end of the year."

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