Cana­van’s bro­ken wrist a serious blow for club and county

Irish Independent - - Sport | Gaelic Games - Fran­cis Mooney

TY­RONE at­tack­ing ace Dar­ragh Cana­van has suf­fered a bro­ken wrist and could miss the All-Ire­land U-20 cham­pi­onship semi-fi­nal against Dublin.

He has been ruled out of Er­ri­gal Ciarán’s club cham­pi­onship cam­paign, which be­gins next week with a first-round tie against Pomeroy.

Cana­van (right), a son of leg­endary All-Ire­land-win­ning cap­tain Peter, is also a mem­ber of the Red Hand se­nior squad, and news of his in­jury is the lat­est blow to man­ager Mickey Harte as he pre­pares for the re­sump­tion of the in­ter-county sea­son in Oc­to­ber.

A num­ber of play­ers, in­clud­ing Frank Burns, Ro­nan O’Neill and Pádraig Hampsey, suf­fered ham­string in­juries in club games play­ing at the top of his game since the re­sump­tion of club foot­ball.

“He had a su­per game last week, and has been go­ing very well and lead­ing the line with Er­ri­gal. “From our point of view, he has time on his side, but his club Er­ri­gal Ciarán will be hit harder with the cham­pi­onship com­ing up.

“More im­me­di­ately, he’s a big loss to Er­ri­gal Ciarán for the cham­pi­onship.”

The U-20 boss has other in­jury con­cerns closer to home, with his son Eu­nan, also a mem­ber of the U-20 squad, suf­fer­ing an Achilles ten­don in­jury dur­ing the warm-up ahead of Ard­boe’s league game against Kil­ly­clogher at the week­end.

He is due to un­dergo a scan to­day and if the in­jury is as bad as feared, he will miss the All-Ire­land semi­fi­nal.

“It’s part and par­cel of the way things have been. Ev­ery­thing has been a rush with get­ting back to foot­ball, and there’s a lot of de­mand on lads,” said the Red Hand boss.

“There’s go­ing to be in­juries, that’s the long and short of it. I have watched two or three games, and ev­ery game that I’ve watched, there’s been half a dozen in­juries.

“They can do all the train­ing they want on their own, but it’s just not the same in­ten­sity as do­ing it as a group, all work­ing to­gether, and then you’re into full-blooded games.

“There are no re­ports of any other prob­lems, but the cham­pi­onship kicks in next week and it will be hell for leather, and fin­gers crossed that all lads pull through.”

over the past two week­ends while Cana­van’s wrist frac­ture was sus­tained dur­ing a train­ing ses­sion with Er­ri­gal Ciarán. He has been in out­stand­ing form dur­ing the open­ing two rounds of league fix­tures. Ty­rone U-20 man­ager Paul Devlin is hop­ing to have his key for­ward fit again by the time they meet Dublin in the All-Ire­land semi-fi­nal in mid-Oc­to­ber, but warned that such in­juries can of­ten in­volve com­pli­ca­tions. “You just don’t know with these things, how quickly they can take to mend,” he said. “The im­por­tant thing is that the wrist is right for the long term.” Devlin has been mon­i­tor­ing the form of all his squad mem­bers, and noted that Cana­van had been

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