Tyrone unchanged as Cavanagh makes quick recovery

Fully recovered from a neck injury, Sean Cavanagh has been named in the Tyrone team for tomorrow's GAA All-Ireland SFC qualifier clash with Mayo (throw-in 4pm).

Fully recovered from a neck injury, Sean Cavanagh has been named in the Tyrone team for tomorrow's GAA All-Ireland SFC qualifier clash with Mayo (throw-in 4pm).

Cavanagh, the three-time All-Star, fell awkwardly during the first half of last weekend's second round win over Westmeath and had to be replaced after damaging his neck.

However, despite a hospital visit, the injury was not as serious as first feared and the Moy clubman was back training with the Tyrone panel on Tuesday.

Cavanagh retains his starting place at full-forward for this weekend's trip to Croke Park, yet Tyrone manager Mickey Harte is expected to switch him to wing forward at some stage.

As evidence of his almost fully fit panel, this is the third match in-a-row that Harte has been able to select an unchanged starting line-up.

Nonetheless, Colm Cavanagh, younger brother of Sean, will be absent from the Red Hands' substitutes bench tomorrow after dislocating his shoulder in the Westmeath game.

Tyrone are meeting Mayo in the championship for only the third time and they have yet to record a win over the Connacht men - Mayo were triumphant in both in the 1989 and 2004 fixtures.

Back in 2004, Tyrone lost their grip on the All-Ireland title when Mayo won the counties' quarter-final clash by 0-16 to 1-09.

If they succeed tomorrow, the Red Hands will have reached the All-Ireland quarter-final stage for the sixth time.

TYRONE (SFC v Mayo) - J Devine; R McMenamin, J McMahon, PJ Quinn; D Harte, C Gormley, P Jordan; R Mellon, E McGinley; B Dooher (capt), B McGuigan, T McGuigan; M Penrose, S Cavanagh, C McCullagh.

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