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Tyrone boss Harte hopeful of good news on Dooher appeal

By John Campbell

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte is hoping that Brian Dooher’s appeal against the red card he received while playing for his club Clan na gael on Sunday week last will prove successful tonight.

The Tyrone Hearings Committee will deliberate on the county skipper’s appeal amid fears that he may still have to serve a month’s suspension.

This would mean that the 35-year-old wing-forward would be denied the advantage of getting valuable match practice under his belt in advance of the Ulster championship meeting with Monaghan at Healy Park, Omagh on June 5.

Dooher, who has in the past been labelled as “indispensable” by Harte, only recently returned to the Tyrone side after a lengthy rehabilitation period.

But his presence on the park is deemed as inspirational by the Tyrone management and players alike.

Dooher captained Tyrone to their All Ireland triumphs in 2005 and 2008 and will again lead the side this year.

And while Harte awaits the outcome of Dooher’s appeal he is also anticipating that Moy clubman Philip Jordan will commit himself to the cause once again.

Jordan has been conspicuous by his absence from the Tyrone line-up lately having made a brief return following a lengthy recovery period after surgery.

He was Tyrone’s most consistent player by some distance last year and Harte is hoping that he will now make himself available for the Ulster Championship.

Jordan has not attended any recent Tyrone training sessions and there have been suggestions that he has withdrawn from the squad but to date there has been no formal confirmation of this.

The Red Hands will be without Joe McMahon for the game against Monaghan as he is recovering at present from a serious jaw injury.

There is more optimism surrounding the return of his brother Justin to the Tyrone side, though. The full-back has been out of action for several weeks and his return would be warmly welcomed by manager Harte.

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