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Sherry leading Fermanagh back from injury

By John Campbell

Fermanagh manager Peter Canavan has received a pre-Championship boost now that experienced midfield ace James Sherry is returning to full fitness.

Sherry, a Dublin-based physiotherapist, missed the greater part of the Allianz League because of injury but returned to play for his club Roslea against Devenish at the week-end and is now focused on reclaiming his county slot for the Ulster quarter-final against Cavan or Armagh on June 16.

And there is further encouragement for Canavan as Sean Quigley, who broke a bone in his ankle recently, has been given the go-ahead to resume light training, while Eoin Donnelly will have the cast removed from his broken leg this weekend.

While Fermanagh's Ulster Championship preparations are now being stepped up, Cavanan plans to run the rule over a number of players when the Ernemen play Mayo in a special challenge match at Brewster Park, Enniskillen on Saturday week.

Sherry looks certain to see action in this game and he could resume his partnership with Martin McGrath, the duo having served Fermanagh well in the past.

The match against James Horan's side is being staged to help raise funds for the Sam Bradley Care Fund.

Sam is the 21-month old son of former Fermanagh player Colm Bradley and is currently undergoing intensive treatment for a rare and aggressive form of cancer.

He is due to undergo surgery shortly to remove a tumour from his right kidney and it is possible that Sam may have to be taken abroad to ensure he gets the best possible drugs to treat his condition.

"The surgery is the second phase in a six-phase treatment plan before more chemo, radiation and then immunotherapy," explains dad Colm.

The family have set up a campaign 'Together for Sam' to help raise funds to meet the potentially high costs that might be incurred in Sam's treatment.

Colm and his wife Michelle have just had a new arrival, Jacob, and the family are delighted with the level of support they have been receiving from all sides. Fermanagh liaison officer Ger Tracey confirms the team is "one hundred per cent" behind the fund-raising drive and is urging people everywhere to come out and show their support by attending the match against Mayo (6pm start).

"As well as assisting a very worthy cause, those attending will see a match between two teams very focused on their championship ambitions. Mayo are just coming off the back of their league semi-final against Dublin and they are undoubtedly one of the top teams in the country. We will have the welcome mat out for them, that's for sure," says Tracey.

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