McGinley expects to play

Tyrone have received the assurance of attacker Enda McGinley that he should be fit for next Sunday's All-Ireland SFC semi-final clash with Armagh.

Tyrone have received the assurance of attacker Enda McGinley that he should be fit for next Sunday's All-Ireland SFC semi-final clash with Armagh.

McGinley hobbled off with an ankle injury at the tail end of Saturday's quarter-final replay win over Dublin, having lined out at midfield. However, the Errigal Ciaran star is confident of his involvement in what will be the Red Hands' third meeting with Armagh in the 2005 championship.

"At this stage, I would be confident that I'll be all right to play," admitted McGinley, who is likely to avail of a pain-killing injection.

Tyrone's five-time All-star Peter Canavan available for selection also, after he withdrew late from the line-up for the Dubs re-match. The 34-year-old forward was suffering from a stomach bug.

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte said of the much-anticipated semi-final: "The stakes are higher (for the next game). Whoever loses will be very disappointed because they know the had a very good chance to win an All-Ireland.

"I think on all fronts we're fairly evenly well-matched and it should be one hell of a battle next week."

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