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Tyrone defender Gormley eyes Ulster semi-final comeback


Tyrone's Conor Gormley

Tyrone's Conor Gormley

Tyrone's Conor Gormley

Conor Gormley has his sights set on a speedy return to the Tyrone colours.

The Carrickmore stalwart is planning on being available for selection ahead of Tyrone’s Ulster semi-final meeting with Donegal or Down on June 19.

Key defender Gormley sustained a knee injury last month when playing for his club in their opening league game with neighbours Greencastle and has been on the sidelines since.

Conor reveals though that things are progressing well and a return to action may be just around the corner for the three time All Star for what would be a major boost to Mickey Harte’s side’s chances of retaining the Anglo Celt Cup for the first time in 14 years.

“I had a bit of a tear in the medial knee ligaments and it had been slow to heal in the beginning.

“But it’s coming on well at the minute and I’m happy enough with it,” says Conor.

“I have been doing a lot of rehab with the Tyrone physio Louis |O’Connor, including plenty of squats and straight leg running, and hopefully I will continue to make progress over the next month and be available for Tyrone’s next game.

“I’m itching to get back as there is no substitute for playing.

“I’m not a good spectator and it was hateful to be watching last Sunday although in that heat I was glad to be sitting in the shade at Casement Park.”

In Sunday’s win over Antrim, manager Mickey Harte used a total of five replacements — Sean O’Neill, Peter Harte, Cathal McCarron, and Tommy and Brian McGuigan. Harte and O’Neill must be very close to starting in the Ulster semi-final.

Belfast Telegraph