©INPHO/James Crombie Cavanagh after the All-Ireland quarter-final defeat to Dublin.

Cavanagh feared for his career after freak injury

The Tyrone footballer was uncertain if he would ever play football again.

TYRONE FOOTBALLER SEAN Cavanagh has spoken of the fear that he would never play football again after an unusual accident in the gym last year.

The 28-year-old is currently recovering from a detached tendon which he suffered while doing a routine training exercise back in September.

With the International Rules trip a month away, the former Footballer of the Year was working out in Armagh when the injury occurred.

“It was that freaky that the x-rays weren’t showing up anything that was wrong,” Cavanagh told, “I obviously knew something was wrong.”

Another round of scans were needed before the full extent of the damage was discovered but he was informed that there was no history of a sports person regaining full fitness after such a tear.

It is scary when someone tells you that you might not be able to compete again,” he added.

The Moy man was then sent to a specialist where surgery had to take place pretty much immediately but, having been a success, now Cavanagh is looking forward to rejoining the Tyrone panel in the coming weeks.

Mickey Harte’s side take on Kildare in their Allianz Football League opener but he is not expected to be available to play competitively until March at least.

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