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Tyrone look set to be without Sean Cavanagh for their championship opener against Donegal

The five-time All-Star appears doubtful for 17 May.

Tyrone star Sean Cavanagh is on the mend.
Tyrone star Sean Cavanagh is on the mend.
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SEAN CAVANAGH’S INVOLVEMENT in Tyrone’s Ulster Senior Football Championship clash with Donegal next month is in doubt.

The five-time All-Star has undergone an operation on a knee injury and is now in a race against time to be available for the game, which will be played in Ballybofey on Sunday, 17 May.

Cavanagh had surgery last week on a knee tendon problem, and with the game just over three weeks away, the 32-year-old has been left with very little time to get himself ready for the meeting with the defending Ulster champions.

The Moy clubman played through the injury during Tyrone’s Allianz Football League Division 1 campaign, which ended with relegation following a draw against Kerry earlier this month.

Having to face Donegal without Cavanagh would be a significant blow for Tyrone, but better news for the Red Hand county is that manager Mickey Harte returned to training last night after undergoing a surgical procedure himself recently.

Meanwhile, Kildare will be without Tomás O’Connor this season after the forward opted to withdraw from the panel. O’Connor started just twice as the Lilywhites were condemned to relegation from Allianz Football League Division 2.

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