McGinley due back for Championship, Harte names Tyrone side

Three-time All-Ireland winner Enda McGinley will be back in a Tyrone jersey for the Championship, after selector Tony Donnelly dismissed reports that the midfielder has quit the squad.

Three-time All-Ireland winner Enda McGinley will be back in a Tyrone jersey for the Championship, after selector Tony Donnelly dismissed reports that the midfielder has quit the squad.

McGinley has been ruled out of contention for the remainder of Tyrone's NFL campaign in an effort to recover from injuries, which have blighted his career to date.

It is expected that the Errigal Ciaran clubman will be back to full fitness in time for Tyrone's Ulster SFC first round encounter against Antrim on May 23.

"He has had a few niggling injuries, and he was contemplating maybe missing out on the first part of the league," Donnelly said.

"But they haven't cleared up, and it has affected his form and his ability to perform, so it's just a few weeks stepping back from it.

"There's none of them long-term or serious, but even at the McKenna Cup we were talking long and hard about it, and we thought he might miss out on the McKenna Cup."

Donnelly added: "He felt alright and thought he could go again, but these niggles came back to him."

Meanwhile manager Mickey Harte has announced the Tyrone team to face Galway this weekend, with five changes from the side which claimed their first win of the campaign against Cork.

John Devine replaces Johnny Curran between the posts, with Ciaran Gourley also getting his first start of the 2010 campaign, coming in for Cathal McCarron at corner back.

Joe McMahon is back following suspension and slots in on the half-forward line in place of Mark Donnelly.

There are two further changes in the Tyrone attack, with Colm McCullagh and Jason McAnulla coming in to the side.

McCullagh starts his first game of the current campaign, at the expense of club colleague Eoin McCusker.

Meanwhile McAnulla is handed his league debut due to the unavailability of Owen Mulligan.

Galway manager Joe Kernan has made a number of changes to his side, as the Tribesmen bid to bounce back from a 10-point defeat to Kerry last weekend.

Declan Meehan comes in for Donal O’Neill in defence with Eoin Concannon making his first league start to replace the injured Michael Meehan.

Fiachra Breathnach is handed a starting berth at centre-half-forward while Niall Coleman moves to midfield as a replacement for the injured Barry Cullinane.

TYRONE (SF v Galway): J Devine; M Swift, Justin McMahon, C Gourley; D Harte, C Gormley, R McMenamin; A Cassidy, C Cavanagh; Joe McMahon, C McCullagh, R Mulgrew; T McGuigan, M Penrose, J McAnulla.

GALWAY (SF v Tyrone): É O Conghaile; D Reilly, F Hanley, D Burke; D Meehan. D Blake, G O'Donnell; P Conroy, N Coleman; G Sice, F Breathnach, J Bergin; E Concannon, N Joyce, M Clancy.

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